Michael Keaton Squares Off Against Edward Norton In New ‘Birdman’ Pics

Michael Keaton is heading back to the world of superheroes for director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s upcoming drama Birdman.

For those who are only familiar with Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman, Keaton famously donned the Caped Crusader’s disguise for two films back in the early 90s. Under the direction of acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton, Michael helped bring a darker version of the iconic superhero to theaters around the world.

Michael Keaton stars alongside a host of famous faces in Birdman, a film that follows a washed-up actor who once portrayed the titular superhero on the big screen. As he attempts to get his career back on the right track, the floundering thespian will face a ton of real world problems. In addition to Keaton, the film stars Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan.

The folks over at Flicks and Bits recently got their hands on five new pics from Michael Keaton’s latest cinematic endeavor. Included among the images is a snazzy photo of Keaton squaring off against Edward Norton, the latter of whom is clad in only a striking pair of underwear. However, it’s not as sexy as one might initially imagine.

Check out the new pics below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Although those images are pretty nifty, nothing really compares to the first Birdman trailer that dropped earlier this month. The movie looks downright insane, and features some truly trippy visuals. The plot doesn’t bubble to the surface in the clip, but that really doesn’t matter — the cinematic insanity makes up for the lack of coherence.

Check out the teaser trailer below.

According to Hitfix, someone close to the film said that director Alejandro González Iñárritu has essentially constructed the film like one long “magic trick.” If that’s the case, then both the director and Michael Keaton could find themselves heading to the Academy Awards next year. Not surprisingly, everyone involved with the flick is incredibly proud of the experience they’ve put together.

Cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki explained:

“I’m proud of it. It’s such a different experience and approach from anything I have ever seen. I think that Iñárritu did a wonderful job and Michael [Keaton] is absolutely phenomenal. It was such a great experience to watch him working up close.”

Michael Keaton fans can see the actor suit up in Birdman later this year. The film is presently slated to hit the big screen in the U.S. on October 17.

[Image via Fox Searchlight Pictures]

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