September 15th was Batman Day.
Did you know this is an annual thing? Well, the cool kids knew. And me. I also knew.
For me, Batman Day really means it’s Michael Keaton Day, because Michael Keaton is the BEST Batman ever. A quick scroll with the tv remote tells me that at least 4 cable channels agree with me, as they are currently running a loop of the Keaton films that will undoubtedly go on all weekend. No such thing as too much Michelle Pfeiffer in red lipstick and leather, so I doubt anyone is complaining.
There’s so much to appreciate about the MK Batman movies, I hardly know where to begin. I have been in a mood today so let’s begin with his mouth. If you’re going to cover up approximately 97 percent of your body with latex and leave your mouth showing so that you can speak and scowl and whatnot, it needs to be a pretty damn impressive mouth.
For all his handsome broodiness, Christian Bale does NOT have a pout like that, I’m just saying.
Secondly, Michael Keaton’s Batman was campy and fun. He told great jokes and was able to have a laugh at himself. It’s like he KNEW this shit was comic books, man. He wasn’t trying to get all philosophical about it, he was just there to bust some noses, spend some Wayne Enterprises money, and kiss the pretty girls. I admire his simplicity. Jack Nicholson is so enjoyable as the Joker that his performance elicits giggles of delight.
And finally, the reason I hold Michael Keaton up as the Batman Standard which all other Batmen have failed to measure up to: Well, this guy says it better than I can , but Keaton’s Batman’s whole purpose was wrapped up in his alter-ego. They weren’t so easily separated as Christian Bale’s version. He wasn’t ALSO Bruce Wayne. Bruce Wayne in the Keaton films was a regular guy who lit up and came alive when he answered the call to save Gotham. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
So Happy Michael Keaton Week, everyone.
I hope you get the opportunity to sit down with your loved ones tonight and watch Batman, followed by Batman Returns, a cinematic masterpiece starring one of the sexiest set of lips that has ever graced the big screen. And also Michelle Pfeiffer’s.