Every generation has its own conception of who Batman really is. Yes, we know he's Bruce Wayne; we're talking actors here:
For some it will always be a growling Christian Bale.
Others still nostalgically reflect on Val Kilmer's single outing as the Caped Crusaders. And some unfortunate souls came of age during a time when George Clooney protected Gotham. (Nothing against Cloon, but man did that movie suck.)
Of course, there are those of us lucky enough to remember a time when Michael Keaton was the first name in Dark Knights, while a new generation will forever think of Ben Affleck as Batman.
Affleck's been on a hot streak lately, and he'll probably do a fine job in the iconic role, but Keaton just wants the world to know one thing before he retreats back to his underground lair: playing Batman wasn't easy in his day, punk!
"I've never seen any of the Batman movies all the way through," Keaton said in a recent interview. "I just have zero interest in those kinds of movies."
"It's all set up now so that you're weirdly kind of safe. Once you get in those suits, they really know what to do with you. It was hard then; it ain't that hard now."
In fairness, Keaton added that he thinks Affleck is "probably going to be very good" in the part, but we're still sensing a little bitterness.
Keaton was great in Tim Burton's two installments in the Bat-franchise, but he fails to consider how much the bar has been raised for actors these days in terms of physical fitness.
Affleck has reportedly been dieting and working out like a fiend, whereas in his day, Keaton got a lot of help from his molded rubber suit.
So why the shade? What's next, is he gonna say Affleck sucks at cheating at poker too? We kid the Batfleck!
Anyway, we'll have to wait and see on the final product, but based on the few set photos we've seen so far, Batman v. Superman is gonna be siiiiick! This one might be worth watching in its entirety, Mr. Keaton. The Dark Knight is dope too, while you're at it.