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Michael Keaton hilariously explains the difference between Batman and Spider-man

November 11th, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments


The debate will always rumble on, but it’s no secret which superhero Michael Keaton prefers; Batman, of course. He reckons there’s one major thing that separates Batman from Spider-Man: the crying.

The actor told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show a story about going into a shop that was playing Spider-Man and was holding the employee’s attention.

The Birdman star said: “I go, ‘Is he crying?’ The guy goes, ‘Yeah’. And I just wait a little bit – you’re gonna bleep this out – and I go, ‘Pussy’.”

He added: “And I wait. And he kinda does this, he kinda looks at me and he’s locked in, and I go, ‘Batman would never cry’.”

Hilarious stuff from Keaton, but words that may touch a nerve with those more inclined to web-slinging antics than the brooding moods of Gotham’s Dark Knight.

Keaton played the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and thesequel Batman Returns in 1992. He can next be seen in The Founder, which tells the true story of Ray Kroc and his acquisition of the McDonald’s fast food chain.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.