Michael Keaton plays struggling superhero in new movie 'Birdman'

Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 3:51pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

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On Thursday, Fox Searchlight released the first teaser for the film Birdman and it didn't disappoint its audiences at all. And from the looks of this teaser trailer, it promises to be quite an unveiling. 

Birdman is an upcoming American dark comedy film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Michael Keaton who played Batman in the 1989 film, plays Riggan Thomson – an actor, famous for portraying iconic superhero Birdman, who struggles with his staggering career while trying to anchor a Broadway play. In the days leading up to the opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. 

The trailer starts with Keaton giving himself a pep talk while remembering what life playing a superhero was like. “How did we end up here in this dump?” Keaton’s internal monologue goes as he wanders backstage. “You were a movie star, remember?”

What follows is a surreal sequence packed with explosions, shots of seals washed up on a beach and Keaton power-walking through Times Square in his underwear while being chased by reporters and a marching band. Later on, in the end he says, “You’re Birdman. Let’s go back one more time and show them what were capable of.” 

 And that's just the half of it.​​

The play in the film is an adaptation of Raymond Carver's novel What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

The film boasts an excellent supporting cast that includes Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough and Edward Norton, who plays a fellow actor trying to steal the spotlight from Thomson. 

Fittingly, the trailer ends with a ridiculous, hilarious shot of Keaton and Norton — Norton in only his underwear — wrestling each other like children while two stage hands watch incredulously.

Birdman will be released this fall and is Iñárritu's first movie in four years, following his 2010 drama Biutiful. While the Mexican director is known for intense, heavy tragedies, Birdman marks his first into comedy.

The film will be released on October 17, 2014.

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