Christian Bale might be a bit jealous, seeing Ben Affleck as Batman, but not Michael Keaton.
When asked by Shortlist if he shares Bale’s professed jealousy, Keaton simply doubled down on his most famous line as the character.
“No. Do you know why? Because I’m Batman,” said Keaton. “I’m very secure in that.”
While he wasn’t the first Batman on film, strictly speaking, Keaton certainly ushered in the modern era of Batman movies when he starred as Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns.
“Tim changed, or started, everything,” Keaton says of Burton’s first Batman movie, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. “And I’m proud of the choice I made, in terms of how to play Batman. It’s probably easier now because Tim paved the way, and if I did anything to pave the way, I’m proud of that, too. I’ve never seen [a superhero movie] beginning to end. Oh actually, I saw the first Spider-Man – I thought that was really good. You can step into it more easily now, is my guess. Technically, [superhero movies] do everything for you. They create a world where all you’ve basically got to do is show up, not f*ck it up too much and you’ll come off OK.”
Keaton is currently receiving accolades for his role as an ex-superhero film star in Birdman, but apparently he’ll never stop being Batman.
Ben Affleck will debut as Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, opening March 25, 2016.