Just because you’ve saved the city of Gotham multiple times doesn’t mean you necessarily love superhero movies. In a recent interview with Variety, Michael Keaton admitted that he’s never watched a full Marvel or superhero movie because he “has other shit to do.”
Keaton is one of the rare actors who has suited up in both the DC Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, memorably playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) and more recently starring as Adrian Toomes/Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). He’s also set to don the batsuit once more in DC’s forthcoming film The Flash alongside another former batman, Ben Affleck.
Despite being a major player in the two largest superhero universes, Keaton claims that he’s never watched an entire superhero flick. “I know people don’t believe this, that I’ve never seen an entire version of any of those movies — any Marvel movie, any other,” Keaton said.
The Oscar-nominee clarified that it’s not because he feels the films are inferior, like director Martin Scorsese—who said in 2019 that superhero movies are “not cinema.” “And I don’t say that I don’t watch that because I’m highbrow — trust me! It’s not that.” Rather, it’s because he simply has too much on his plate to sit through the often two-plus hour films. “It’s just that there’s very little things I watch. I start watching something, and think it is great and I watch three episodes, but I have other shit to do!”
Keaton chose to star in The Flash because he was “curious” about jumping back into the batmobile after almost three decades away. “I was curious what it would be like after this many years. Not so much me doing it — obviously, some of that — but I was just curious about it, weirdly, socially,” he said. It also helped that he was fell in love with the script from Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson.
“The writing was actually really good. So I thought, why not?” Keaton said. “It’s cool to drop in, and I’m curious to see if I can pull it off.”