‘Birdman’ Set Photos Reveal Michael Keaton & A Winged Superhero

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Michael Keaton in Batman Returns Birdman Set Photos Reveal Michael Keaton & A Winged Superhero

With superhero movies dominating the summer blockbuster slate for more than a decade now, there have been “meta” attempts to subvert the genre, with varying degrees of success.

2009′s well-received indie film Paper Man starred Jeff Daniels as a writer whose imaginary friend was a superhero played by Ryan Reynolds and was more of a gentle comedy than a spoof. Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn’s Super was a violent send-up examining a wanna-be superhero who’s more of a deranged lunatic. Now we have set photos of another project which is currently filming under the radar – Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.

Michael Keaton stars as an actor who was famous for playing an iconic superhero. Now washed-up, he tries to mount a Broadway production, but problems with the egotistical lead actor of the stage play (Edward Norton) – along with his own ego – get in the way. There’s a wealth of images from the set, courtesy of Coming Soon:




The intriguing photos reveal a haggard-looking Keaton and prominently feature what appears to be the titular character, a gaudy, winged superhero in a get-up which resembles a cross between Hawkman and Nite Owl from Watchmen. One photo clearly shows Birdman shadowing Keaton on the street – could it be the alter ego haunting the actor? A dream sequence or flashback of some kind?

The premise to this is interesting, with a Being John Malkovich-like vibe to it, and the notion of the always-welcome Michael Keaton riffing on his famous Batman role sounds fun in of itself. Add director Iñárritu, though, and this could yield something special. The 21 Grams and Amores Perros director is not exactly known for his comic touch – despite a distinct sense of humor that runs through his filmography, which mainly consists of serious, high-caliber dramas.

Alejandro Gonzlez Iñárritu Birdman Set Photos Reveal Michael Keaton & A Winged Superhero

Still, he’s a fascinating filmmaker whose attention to detail is almost unparalleled. The supporting cast Iñárritu has assembled  is stellar, as well. Besides Norton, Birdman will include Emma Stone as Keaton’s daughter, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion).

With comic book/superhero movies absolutely everywhere (and not going away anytime soon), more of these meta-fiction-type projects were inevitable. Coming off of his winning turn as the voice of Ken in Toy Story 3, Michael Keaton’s career is on something of an upswing. After basically ditching the spotlight after Batman Returns, his most interesting work has mainly been in offbeat supporting roles (Jackie Brown, The Other Guys), while his leading man work has proven mostly disappointing (White Noise, anyone?).

Keaton will show up in the RoboCop remake and the video game adaptation Need For Speed, but expect Birdman to be the showcase for the actor at his most endearingly weird. There is no official release date yet, but we’ll keep an eye out for details as they become available.


Source: Coming Soon

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  1. Got to say that the photo of the Birdman in costume looks like a cooler up to date costume for Condorman. A movie that should be remade.

    • I remember enjoying that movie when I was a young kid with terrible taste. That is one of the many examples I think of when I read people complaining about (for example) Captain America’s chinstrap.

    • Or Hawkman.

    • I wanna see Space Ghost return.

  2. Blue Falcon? Where’s Dyno-mutt?!!!

  3. I’m a big Keaton fan. I recommend that people watch/re-watch Gung Ho.

    • Yeah, gotta love those 80′s movies that are loaded with racist stereotypes. Definitely the worst movie Ron Howard ever made.

  4. Does look more like Blue Falcon, than Condorman.

  5. Aww dang, when I first read the title of this I was actually hoping for a Hanna Barbera Birdman film. Even though he looks more like Blue Falcon.

  6. Looks interesting, il watch Michael Keaton in anything he’s cool

  7. Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

    • I’d be interested to see that, including seeing Stephen Colbert portray his boss.

  8. Looks like the Blue Falcon sort of.

  9. It’s not a “BIII-IIIRD-MAN *Squauk*” movie, is it?

    • If I’d properly read the article the first time, I would have known it isn’t.

  10. Is it just me or does the man in the Birdman costume not look at all like Michael Keaton?

    • It’s definately NOT Keaton in the suit, in those pictures. You can see that quite clearly.

  11. It was a mistake for Keaton to turn his back on Batman.

    It made him a star but was needed to maintain the momentum.

    I am thinking that is going to be the same with the current Star Trek cast. They are getting some good roles but I wonder if they turn their back on Trek that they will fade from the spotlight.

    Staying attached to a block buster cannot be a bad career move. I think the days of typecasting are over so no one should worry about that. The audience gets that actors can portray different characters.

    Even William Shatner could be Denny Crane after Captain Kirk.

    • Um can you blame him? Did you see Batman Forever and Batman & Robin?

  12. Paper man wasnt well recieved, 23% on RT nor was Super 45%. Though i found enjoyment im super paper man is bad

  13. im here for you people …….

  14. He would have been Good for Batman Beyond right now if the studio was building this project… :)

  15. Keaton is the one and only Batman

  16. ^ +1

  17. I am looking forward to this.

  18. I still think Michael Keaton would be a great lead on a FX show or a harder show like Following or something like that

  19. Birdman, HawkGirl and Blue Falcon have a fun time together. This is the product of their love.

  20. Wow, that costume is like a hairs breath away from being scale-mail. Why could they successfully pull this off but yet Marvel couldn’t do it with Capt America?

  21. DC should take notes for Hawkmans costume: the do’s and dont’s

  22. That Superhero outfit could actually pass as being legit. But the feathers would have to go lol

  23. White Noise was pretty good up til the end, AND it made money AND Keaton was damn good in it. So “White Noise” anyone isn’t a very true dig…The Other Guys was a total piece of sh*t and Keaton was so unfunny in it it hurt. How bad a director do you have to be to WASTE Michael Keaton?

  24. It’s good to know that Mr. Mom is getting work again.