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Michael Keaton reveals why he left Batman franchise

Michael Keaton, shown in 2016, told The Hollywood Reporters Awards Chatter podcast released Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2016, that he left the Batman franchise because the script for the third film in the series sucked and never was good. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)
Michael Keaton, shown in 2016, told The Hollywood Reporters Awards Chatter podcast released Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2016, that he left the Batman franchise because the script for the third film in the series sucked and never was good. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)
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LOS ANGELES – Michael Keaton has revealed the reason behind his departure from the “Batman” franchise after two films.

Keaton starred as the superhero in 1989’s “Batman” and 1992’s “Batman Returns.” Both of those films were directed by Tim Burton. Joel Schumacher was hired to direct 1995’s “Batman Forever,” and Keaton decided to pass on starring in that film.

Keaton said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast that the script for the film “never was good.”

“It sucked,” Keaton said of the script he was shown. “I knew it was in trouble when he (Schumacher) said, ‘Why does everything have to be so dark?’ He said he didn’t understand why Schumacher “wanted to do what he wanted to do” with the film, which was lighter in tone than the first two films.

Val Kilmer stepped in as the caped crusader.

Keaton is currently starring in “The Founder,” a biopic about fast food pioneer Ray Kroc.

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