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Michael Keaton, Justin Timberlake Endorse Ben Affleck as Batman

Michael Keaton, one of the most beloved actors to ever wear the Batsuit, is all in on Batfleck.

The Batman and Batman Returns star was cornered by the lovely, privacy-respecting folks at TMZ about his thoughts on Ben Affleck’s recent casting as the Caped Crusader in the Man of Steel sequel. The cornered Keaton gave a straightforward answer: “He’s going to be great. He’s going to be great.”

Meanwhile, Affleck’s Runner Runner co-star Justin Timberlake is also coming out in support of the new Batman casting. He told Fresh 102.7, “I think he’s a brilliant filmmaker. I think he’s an extreme talent so he could surprise a lot of people.”

Beyond that, Timberlake also has a role he wants to play in the Batman movies: “The Riddler is my favorite villain. He was proper crazy. So if I’m gonna play crazy, I wanna play proper crazy.”

For Keaton’s part, he’s not closed off to appearing in another Batman movie somewhere down the line.

“I could do anything,” he said when asked about returning to the Batman series. “I could do anything.”

Affleck makes his Batman debut in Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, scheduled to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Ramonesome Jason McNamara

    Sounds like Keaton could return as gangster Jimmy Two Times, “get the papers, get the papers.”

  • Will M.

    Well at least the casting has Justin Timberlake’s endorsement!

    ….actually though, I think I’d be pretty into seeing JT’s turn as Riddler.
    ……Yep.

  • http://www.myfutprint.com/ Myfutprint

    I dunno–I’m worried about the direction they will take. Frankly the ending of Man of Steel was soooooo ridiculous that a whole movie of that style of decision making working on Batman could prove disastrous. Still, I do trust and like Affleck and think this whole controversy is a ‘tempest in a tea pot’. Be more concerned about Snyder and Goyer

  • Warren

    All the hype and controversy is going to destroy this movie!

  • Happily LS

    Famous People Don’t Want to Insult Other Famous People Because it Would Harm Their Own Careers! News at 11.

  • the Dagman

    Fanboys. Always bitching about something.

    Affleck will do fine. He couldn’t be any worse than Halle Berry as Catwoman.

  • Adam L

    i never understood what people liked about Keaton as batman/ Can someone explain that to me because as a bigtime Batman fan i didn’t get it.

  • Zach

    I like what Dan Mandel, part of the creative team behind Dan Vs had to say on the matter.
    “We gave Ben a chance. It was called The 90s. AND the 2000s. AND beyond. Acting is not his strong suit…”

  • Leon Bright

    HAHAHA!!! Love it! Love it!

  • Leon Bright

    Amen. ESPECIALLY this part: “Be more concerned about Snyder and Goyer”.

    If I agreed anymore than that I’d have to buy you a beer.

  • http://www.buildstudio.ca/ Kevin Brennan

    In my opinion, Keaton was a great Bruce Wayne and a pretty good Batman. He didn’t have a lot of opportunity to “act” in that rubber suit. It was pretty stiff.

    Keaton was a somewhat slick Wayne that also had a few awkward relationship moments. Wayne knew how to act in a boardroom and around people of power, but when he had to show real emotion he was unsure of himself. That’s why I think Keaton did a great job.

  • Dan Wheeler

    What exactly does “proper crazy” mean?

  • Robert Smith

    This can work if they do it as a buddy/action film. Think “Tango and Cash” as superheroes instead of cops.

  • Robert Smith

    Is it anything like a “good villian?”

  • Robert Smith

    Affleck does good as a sidekick to a bigger actor, such as Bruce Willis. He doesn’t headline movies well. Affleck sharing the screen with Cavill should work out just fine.

  • Ozzie Cordova

    I agree with Keaton Affleck will be great.

  • Adam L

    Thanks Kevin. I haven’t seen the movie since it first came out. You’ve inspired me to go back and rewatch it keeping in mind what you pointed out.

  • rOn

    Michael Keaton would make a great Gordon

  • Happily LS

    Halle Berry’s Catwoman was coming off of the Shumacher era of Batman movies. Some of the crappiest comic movies ever made. We’re coming off of The Dark Knight, only 5 years ago. We got spoiled, with real actors and a real director. It’s ok to be upset that we’re slipping back into the bad times with Batfleck.

  • Michael

    I mean, Justin Timberlake. Is that supposed to instill confidence in the decision? Will the next headline be: George Clooney endorses Affleck for Batman?

  • GC001

    A quarter-century later, the best things to come out of the 1989 Batman were the music and Batman: TAS. Those have weathered time well and are rightly considered classics.
    1989 Batman: the movie hasn’t aged particularly well. For all the complaints about his show, I think more people are actually looking forward to a release of the Adam West Batman TV series! At least it was intended to be a satirical series… The other live-action series started by Burton unintentionally turned into a joke.
    I’m amazed at fan snobbery and how many people STILL haven’t seen the 1992-1995 Batman animated series. By far the best adaptation of the comics and one of the best realizations of the Batman mythos, period. Nothing in live-action is going to match that any more than the X-Men live-action movies will ever be as good as the comics they were based on. Just not gonna happen.

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