Michael Keaton ended his commencement speech in the best way possible - by delivering one of his most iconic lines ever and saying "I'm Batman."
Playing the titular character in Tim Burton's 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns, Keaton obviously loved his time as the Bat of Gotham as he continues to reference his old role and fans love it. If anything, the actor even admitted that he's not opposed to the possibility of suiting up as the DC superhero for the third time despite the fact that he turned down the offer to play the role for the third time in Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever. The gig eventually landed on Val Kilmer's lap, but it didn't garner the universal praise that Keaton's previous takes had.
The clip comes courtesy of Todd Spence, who took to his Twitter account to share the final moments of Keaton's speech during Kent State University's Commencement Ceremony. While the majority of his message wasn't documented, he ended it the best way possible, by reminding everyone that he's Batman, after which, the crowd broke into thundering applause. Watch it below:
Michael Keaton closed his commencement speech at Kent State with "I'm Batman."— TODD SPENCE (@Todd_Spence) May 16, 2018
And this is why Michael Keaton is the best. pic.twitter.com/20H1B99aCl
Update: Legendary Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy responded to Michael Keaton's proclamation on Twitter in the best way possible.
Of course, aside from being Batman, Keaton has also played a long list of roles over his active years in the business. But in terms of pop culture, he has two other prominent gigs in 1988's Beetlejuice where he played the titular character and 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming where he's the primary antagonist to Tom Holland's Peter Parker. Nothing's confirmed as of yet, but fans might see the actor in both aforementioned roles down the line with Bettlejuice supposedly still in development, while Marvel left the door open for Adrian Toomes to return in any way possible.
As for Batman, there are currently several iterations of the iconic DC hero in mainstream media, but the most prominent one is the DCEU's version played by Ben Affleck. However, the actor's future as the Caped Crusader continues to be uncertain with persistent rumors that he's been looking to find a way out of the gig. So far, he's played the character three times now, first in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, a cameo in Suicide Squad, and then last year's Justice League - with all films getting divisive responses that might've been a factor in the star's confusing thoughts on sticking around. Latest on the debacle is Affleck now wanting to remain as the franchise's Batman, but with no official project on the horizon for him to star in, there's still a chance that things will change. Unless of course, the Matt Reeves-directed standalone featuring the hero finally gets a more structured timeline and a confirmed release date.
Source: Todd Spence/Twitter