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Why He Initially Walked Away From Batman: "Can't Live With Myself"

Why He Initially Walked Away From Batman: "Can't Live With Myself"

explains how he walked away from the franchise in the 1990s, and how it began as a job advanced into something that made him miserable.

In a recent interview on SiriusXM's The Jess Cagle Podcast with Julia Cunningham, the Oscar-nominated actor explained why he decided to abandon playing the Caped Crusader before becoming back on the role for two upcoming movies, The Flash and.

Keaton first played Bruce Wayne/Batman in '89 Batman and then in '92 sequel, Batman Returns. Both were commercial successes. Then Keaton tapped out and thus began the Batman Hollywood musical chairs.

It was a job, Keaton said of the 1989 film. And then the next one was a job, and I enjoyed it, but then over time, and then the third one, I just couldnt do it, he said.

Keaton did not disclose further details about his decision, but he insinuated that he was unhappy at the time with his role and not interested in the extracurriculars that are included in his play.

If you dont go [to conventions], this is a legitimate world. You're no better or worse than this, but Im nave, he said.

When the Batman chance came around again, Keaton said his curiosity improved him, as the world of playing such characters was vastly different from when he first stepped into the batsuit.

I thought, Boy, what would it be like? And then, coincidentally, there were murmurs, and I got a call from Warner Bros. They wanted to talk to me about something, and there were hints of Batman, said Warner Bros executives.

It must be good, Keaton said. If its not good, theres no need to do it. Its not gonna really change anything. And I just jumped in and had fun. And why would you not? Andy Muschietti is really talented. I dont know. Its fun.

Batgirl is scheduled to premiere on November 4th.

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