Michael Keaton is an actor that I recognize from growing up. I don't care what Zac Efron says in any Seth Rogen frat boy comedy: Michael Keaton is Batman. Keaton's new role, however, might see quite eerily similar to his real life.
In Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman, Keaton plays a washed-out actor named Riggan Thomson whose most iconic role was in a superhero franchise called Birdman. Riggan is about to mount a Broadway play to prove to everyone that he still has what it takes.
In the trailer, Keaton's gravelly voice narrates as he walks down a hallway and tries to not wallow in pity. "What are you doing in this dump? You're a movie star, remember," he tells himself as he bursts through a door to a packed audience.
The trailer looks odd and great. Inarritu is most known for his heavy dramas Babel, 21 Grams and Biutiful, and he always gets his actors to deliver emotional (not to mention Oscar-nominated) performances. This is definitely one to watch, and I am super stoked to now finally see something about it. On paper, it sounded so strange, and I'm excited to see what Keaton will pull out in this.
The rest of the cast looks great, too. By the way, I am confident in saying that I am much more interested in seeing Emma Stone play a part in a movie about a superhero than seeing her in another superhero movie. If that makes any sense. It's like her roots showing through her blonde hair is like the potential of her career sneaking through her Gwen Stacy dye job.