Michael Keaton portrays Batman in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns.

He is set to portray an elderly incarnation of the character in the film adaptation of The Flash.

Characters portrayed by Michael Keaton in the Batman Universe



  • When he first read the script for Batman, he planned on refusing it, since he's never been a fan of the Batman adventures. As a child, he didn't read the comics and only seen a few episodes of the campy Adam West TV show, but he became really engrossed with what the film was trying to do, and finally accepted.
  • When it was announced that Keaton was going to play the title character in Batman, Warner Bros. office was flooded with countless letters from comic-book fans, insisting that Keaton was the worst possible choice for the role. Batman creator Bob Kane was especially exasperated. Looking back, Keaton is now considered one of the best Batman, and other actors are personally measured by his example. Keaton remarks: "I am Batman. I'm very secure in that."
  • When director Joel Schumacher took over the Batman franchise, Keaton left, as he disliked the new lighter, glossier, campier tone the films were taking. He was vocal about disliking Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
  • It was his personal idea to cut down on a lot of the lines of Batman in Batman Returns, so his character would seem especially enigmatic.
  • In June 2020, it was reported that Warner Brothers were considering bringing a 68-year-old Michael Keaton back as Bruce Wayne/Batman, with reports suggesting he will appear in the 2022 film The Flash, an installment in the DC Extended Universe. It's unclear if he will be reprising the Batman from the Burtonverse, or will take over as Ben Affleck's version or appear as a complete new Batman.


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