First Look At Michael Keaton Returning To The Superhero World in Birdman

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This is the first I’ve heard of this film, but it seems that this project’s recent commencement almost slipped by some of our online sources, too.  Birdman, which is the new project of critically acclaimed Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Biutiful), promises a fantastic cast supporting a unique and refreshing submission to the superhero genre.

The film stars Michael Keaton as a washed up, once-popular actor who had made his name playing a superhero named Birdman (featured in the pictures below).  The story spans only a few days, as Keaton’s character attempts to rejuvenate his life and career by kick-starting a play on Broadway.  The Birdman walking behind him in these images is a figment of his imagination.

I love the meta-casting here.  Not only is this the type of eccentric role that Keaton excels in, but being that Keaton’s fame has never truly risen above his turn as Batman in the 80s and early 90s, the plot and casting seem like a friendly wink to the audience.

Iñárritu is directing a script he co-wrote with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo.  It also stars Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, and Benjamin Kanes.  No official release date has been set.

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Source: Film Stage

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