When Michael Keaton was cast to play Batman in Tim Burton's upcoming Batman (1989), people were not happy. Fan outrage ensued. Newspaper articles were written. Petitions were printed and signed. How could Michael Keaton, the famous comedic actor, do justice to the caped crusader? People couldn't seem to wrap their heads around the idea. Tempers subsided once the film was released in June of 1989 and the rest is history. To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the film this shirt recreates one of the aforementioned petitions:
"Michael Keaton as the Batman?! It has recently been announced that the actor MICHAEL KEATON has been chosen to play the BATMAN in the big-budget film being directed by TIM (BEETLEJUICE) BURTON for release in 1989 (the 50th anniversary of the BATMAN). If the producers of this movie are truly committed to leaving the camp image of the 60s TV show behind and presenting to the world the DEFINITIVE DARK KNIGHT DETECTIVE they can't allow MICHAEL KEATON to play this role! Don't get me wrong, KEATON is a fine comedy actor who has done exemplary work in the past in such films as BEETLEJUICE, MR. MOM, NIGHT SHIFT, etc. but he's definitely not the sort of imposing figure needed to define the ultimate creature of the night, the BATMAN! Help us to stop this ridiculous decision before filming starts in September/88 --- sign the petition and let's bring the folks at WARNER BROTHERS FILMS to their senses!!!
We strongly insist that the decision to cast MICHAEL KEATON as the BATMAN is a major mistake and must be reversed before filming starts on BATMAN: THE MOVIE!"
Available in white, heather grey, black, or mineral wash blue
100% pre-shrunk cotton
Double-stitched seams at shoulder, sleeve, collar and waist