Michael Keaton is a massive favourite down here at Cultoid HQ. He’s always felt to us like one of the most overlooked actors who, having had two stellar roles (Batman and Beetlejuice) for Tim Burton, was then left largely ignored by Hollywood, when he should have become a go to guy for leading roles.
He’s got such a presence and charisma, but perhaps it was the unleashing of these traits in the aforementioned roles that left him struggling to find work in more subtle, dramatic areas that he wanted to pursue.
So it’s with a certain irony and a very meta sensibility that the trailer for Keaton’s new film The Birdman has been released. The film tells of an aging actor who has been dogged his whole career by the fact he played a superhero at the height of his popularity.
In the weeks leading up to the opening of a broadway show he must face up to himself and his insecurities, whilst attempting to patch up his professional and personal life in the face of constant reminders about his role as The Birdman.
Director Alejandro Inarritu has created some stunning visual imagery here; very Gondry-esque in its grand whimsy and unique oddities. More than anything it’s just great to see Keaton taking on a role that is as exciting as the man himself. And with a pretty stunning supporting cast it’s a given that my bum will be on a cinema seat more than once for this one.
The release is set for October. Fingers crossed it gets a decent distribution.