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To understand the Michael Keaton “Batman” movies, you have to understand the context. Our generation was most familiar with Adam West Batman and wasn’t as interested in comic books as today’s geeks. In that context, Michael Keaton’s Batman is truly “dark” and “Batman Returns” (1992) is not all that bad. But does “Batman Returns,” Danny DeVito’s Penguin or Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman stand the test of time? Absolutely not. At this point, this movie only has value to students of Batman movies and geeks who want to say they saw every Batman movie (which might be one in the same person).


Remember when we used to debate who was the better Batman? Clooney? Keaton? Ummm, Kilmer? And then, in 2005, came the Dark Knight trilogy, with “Batman Begins.” Bankable, big-name stars can make for good box office, but it’s the story that makes for a great movie. When Christopher Nolan rebooted the Caped Crusader, he made the story less like the cartoonish 1960s TV series and more like the brooding comic books. And he surrounded a relative B-lister, Christian Bale, with stellar cast of character actors. Because if the story’s good enough, Batman is the only bankable big name you need.

Remember when Michael Keaton was a big deal? He went from TV actor to comedy movie star in a flash and then – dun-dun-dun – he started getting serious. Remember when he was Batman? Anyway, right before Batman, he did a movie called “Clean and Sober” (1988). The plot basically took his typical comedy character, turned him into an A-hole with a coke habit, and then had him sort it all out. It’s a romantic comedy with drugs substituted for comedy and minus the “happily ever after.” Meh. Still, co-stars Kathy Baker and Morgan Freeman are enjoyable with their 1980s weird hair.