At this level, I am slightly involved that Michael Keaton’s Batman return might simply be a nostalgia play. In spite of everything, Michael Keaton stays one of the best Batman and I might hate to see him present up in a film the place he and the director aren’t aligned on their imaginative and prescient of the character as a darkish, depressed loner.
Paradoxically, contemplating Keaton bowed out after he felt Schumacher was taking the franchise in too light-hearted a path, we might have seen much more of that loner in “Batman Eternally.” There’s a model of the movie which is lots darker than the theatrical minimize, and devoted followers have lengthy been clamoring for the “Schumacher minimize” to see the sunshine of day.
As screenwriter Akiva Goldsman defined:
“Within the screenplay and within the film that we shot there’s a very completely different middle of the film the place [Bruce Wayne] opens up the e-book and the final entry is, ‘Martha and I wish to keep dwelling tonight however Bruce insists on going to see a film.’ And so the thought was that someplace Bruce remembered and had repressed his fantasy that this was all his fault […] And so the entire film was really constructed round this sort of psychological reckoning […] It was a way more complicated, actually type of enjoyable, however a lot darker, model of the film.”
That film exists within the Warner Bros. vaults someplace, and can be unimaginable to see minimize collectively. It additionally looks like it might have been an excellent match for Keaton’s brooding Bruce Wayne, which raises the query of simply how Schumacher pitched this venture to him all these years in the past. Let’s hope we get to see a few of that darker, “psychological reckoning” in “The Flash.”