American actor Michael Keaton on the set of Batman, directed by Tim Burton. (Photo by Murray Close/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
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Tim Burton Thinks Critics Of His Batman Films Missed The ‘Point Of The Character'
Although Tim Burton’s “Batman” is now seeing a resurgence in popularity, at the time of its release, the film was criticized by audiences who misunderstood Burton’s portrayal of the superhero. Critics claimed the movie wasn’t child-friendly enough and didn’t give Batman enough screen time, but Burton had the perfect response to these critiques.
From Burton’s filmography, it’s clear that the filmmaker likes to zero in on outsiders and examine the isolation that comes from feeling disconnected from mainstream society. In line with this, Burton chose to focus less on Batman, saying “[Batman] wants to remain as hidden as possible and in the shadows as possible and unrevealing about himself as possible.”
Because of this, Burton said, “I felt that those people were missing the point of the character of Batman, what he is […] he’s not going to eat up screen time with these big speeches and dancing around the Batcave.” As Batman, Michael Keaton agreed with Burton, asking for many of his lines to be cut and cultivating a withdrawn and mysterious portrayal of Batman.