Why Should 'Birdman' Be Michael Keaton's Last Batman Story?

Why Should 'Birdman' Be Michael Keaton's Last Batman Story? ...

In the first live-action Batman film since the Adam West 1966 film, Michael Keaton took on the role of Bruce Wayne. Both films were highly praised by fans and critics, and a third film, Batman Forever, was approved. Keaton would ultimately leave the iconic role due to creative differences, leaving the dark knight role for the good. However, there's something interesting about following a hero once he/she has hung up the cape for the rest of the generation (ex. Batman Beyond).

The film isn't about Bruce Wayne/Batman, but rather how everything else around him is crumbling right in front of him. Whether it's Mike and his method acting, or even having his girlfriend, daughter, and ex-wife on his life's responsibilities, Bruce Wayne's world dangles in his hands.

The hero side of Batman was never faced with many everyday problems because he had Alfred by his side; he must face every obstacle in Thomson's way. These are obstacles that can't be overcome with punching and kicking; Bruce Wayne wants to maintain that old charm and pride that he enjoyed when he was Birdman. Back to the theater: it's a struggle to heal the mental scars that soldiers have to deal with.

Bruce Wayne does not retire willingly. He's broken both inside and out. Despite the success of his Broadway play, Birdman represents Thomson's desire to say his final goodbyes, but it might also be seen as a testament to Michael Keaton's ability to persevere through his life.