Michael Keaton’s Reflections On The First Batman Movie.

Here’s A Good Read …
… from the LA Times’ “Hero Complex” blog. It’s an interview with actor Michael Keaton, who portrayed Batman/Bruce Wayne in director Tim Burton’s 1989 reboot of the venerable comic book hero.

Full disclosure time: I’m a hardcore “Batman” fan. Always have been. I read the comics. I’ve collected the toys. And it’s family legend that the first book ever put in my hand was a 1970s “Batman” comic probably written by the great Dick Giordano. Thus, I am totally geeked to read this posting.

Here’s part of the piece:

On the magnitude of “Batman” and the landmark moment it represented in Hollywood history:

“It was awesome. It was so cool. It was so much work. Now it would be done so much more efficiently; that guy [Christopher Nolan, the director of the new Batman trilogy] is great, he’s really, really talented, but at the time we did ours, there was no example to follow. It was new territory. And what Tim accomplished changed everything. It was hard. It was harder on Tim than anyone and he changed the way people look at those movies. That really is the case and the reason for that is the originality of Tim and the people Tim put together – [production designer] Anton Furst was off the chart, [composer] Danny Elfman was perfect, bringing in Prince and Nicholson, all of it was just so right and so huge. The promotion of the movie was genius too. The look of the movie was a turning point, too, you still see that around in different versions. What I remember is how so much of it was an experiment while we were doing it. There was the practicality of how to get this stuff done. For a lot, well, I don’t want to say we were making it up as we went along, but there were a lot of choices made to overcome difficulties as went along. This wasn’t the [CG effects] era you have now.”

Even cooler … here’s Keaton on a scene that didn’t make the final edit:

“There was a thing that never got in that was really interesting. I went to Tim and said that we should see if we could do a scene that showed the transition and Tim was really great about these things so we tried. I wanted to see and to show that transition when he goes from Bruce Wayne to Batman, the time when he’s about to don the suit and go out and wreak some havoc. That’s not a casual thing, obviously, it’s not putting on a jacket to go out for the evening. So what is that transition like? So there was a thing we did early on that showed him going into a sort of trance and it justified this shift in him. So we did that scene and it never made it into the film but I think helped me in a way. It was part of the way he became this other thing and even if you didn’t see it, it was part of the character and the way we created him. Tim was always open to that. Jack and Kim come to him, too, chipping in with ideas and it was a really creative environment.”

You can read the rest here.

About jlmicek

I'm an award-winning journalist in Harrisburg, Pa. I also run and cook all the things.
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