The upcoming 2014 black-comedy drama “Birdman” is about actor Riggan Thomson (Played by Michael Keaton) who tries to revive his career with a Broadway play after being known for years for portraying an iconic superhero called Birdman. This is interesting to the real life of actor Michael Keaton who was famous for playing Batman in Tim Burtons two Batman film installments which were 1989’s “Batman” and the 1992 sequel “Batman Returns”.
Like his “Birdman” character Thomson who turns down doing a fourth Birdman film in the narrative of “Birdman”, Keaton turned down reprising the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in 1995’s “Batman Forever”, being replaced by actor Val Kilmer. He’s not the only one.
Actor Edward Norton, who plays an unknown actor character in “Birdman”, was famous for being suddenly replaced by actor Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk in 2012’s “The Avengers” after initially playing the character in 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk”. Also actress Emma Stone, who plays Keaton’s daughter in “Birdman”, was recently killed off in 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ after playing the character Gwen Stacy in this installment and the previous installment ‘The Amazing Spider-Man” in 2012.
Is this a union of exiled superhero franchise actors or perhaps a deeper analysis of the brutal business in the film industry. Either way, 2014’s “Birdman” should be quite a thought-provoking film.