Michael Keaton Has Not Seen a Comic Book Movie Since His 1989 'Batman' Classic

Michael Keaton began his career known for comedic roles, including the eponymous character in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. This started a short collaboration which included two Batman movies: 1989's Batman and the 1992 sequel Batman Returns.

Despite making appearances and even starring in other comic book movies, including the upcoming Sony film Morbius and DCEU film The Flash, Keaton's relationship with these films is fairly distant.

In fact, he has admitted to never having watched an entire comic book movie since his first outing as Batman.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Keaton admitted he has missed out on "the zeitgeist of that whole world" but could not doubt the popularity and intense fandom of these movies.

He said: "After the first Batman, I'm not sure I've ever seen an entire [comic book] movie. I just never got around to it. So you're talking to a guy who wasn't in the zeitgeist of that whole world.

"When I went down to do the Marvel things in Atlanta... It's an entire city dedicated to Marvel... They'll be doing Marvel movies forever. I'll be dead, and they'll still be doing Marvel movies."

He also praised Tim Burton's efforts with Batman, suggesting it was the director's work which started "everything you see now" in comic book movies.

Despite this, he has suggested the way in which comic book movies have evolved is slightly confusing for him, especially in his upcoming appearance in Morbius, where he reprises his role from Spider-Man: Homecoming as Vulture.

He continued: "...I'm thinking, 'You may as well be explaining quantum physics right now to me. All I know is I just know my guy. And I know the basics.'"

Keaton went on to say his fellow stars laughed at his lack of knowledge around the MCU plot points, and eventually had to admit he did not understand what they were talking about.

The actor is one of the few stars to go across the comic book universe boundaries of Marvel and DC, as he is also returning to his 1989 Batman role in The Flash.

While he may not understand the intricacies of the MCU plot points, he said returning to this role helped him to understand the magnitude of comic book films, calling Batman "iconic."

In his career, Keaton has starred as Batman twice, but chose to walk away from the franchise for the third film, Joel Schumacher-directed Batman Forever.

Val Kilmer took over the role, after which George Clooney appeared as the caped crusader in Batman and Robin.

He took on the role of Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, a villain who began selling weapons on the black market after the aftermath of the Battle of New York left his salvage company out of business.

Vulture also used some of the technology to create his own weaponry, including robotic wings which he used to fly around New York.

In the trailer for upcoming Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters (SPUMC) movie Morbius, starring Jared Leto, he appears in a scene which will link this universe to the MCU, however the size of his cameo is unknown.

He is then appearing in his former Batman glory in The Flash, which will see time-travelling Bary Allen (played by Ezra Miller) go to the past to try and stop the events of his mother's death.

However, this will also mean he meets different incarnations of Batman, including Keaton and Ben Affleck's DCEU version.

Robert Pattinson is the next actor to take on the iconic role in upcoming movie The Batman opposite Paul Dano, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright and Colin Farrell.

Michael Keaton as Batman
Michael Keaton as Batman on the set of "Batman." Keaton is reprising this role for upcoming DCEU movie "The Flash". Sunset Boulevard/Corbis/Getty Images