The first trailer released for Birdman is well worth watching. How often do you get to see Michael Keaton and a half naked Edward Norton wrestle on the floor? Michael Keaton stars in the film IMDB describes as: “A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.”
Certainly Keaton can identify with an actor who has played a superhero in his past – he was Tim Burton’s Batman in the 1989 Batman and 1992 Batman Returns. And some may argue the Keaton is a bit washed up as an actor, although he has worked steadily since Batman and is scheduled to appear in three films releasing just this year.
Keaton hasn’t had a great leading role in a film for quite some time but this might change things. The supporting cast is extremely strong for Birdman. In addition to Edward Norton, Keaton is joined by Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis.
Birdman was written and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu who also directed 21 Grams (which also starred Naomi Watts), Babel, and Biutiful. Birdman is scheduled to be released in theaters October 17th, 2014 and is being distributed by Fox Searchlight.