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Val Kilmer says he'd like to play Batman again

Val Kilmer says he'd like to play Batman again

He last starred as the caped crusader in 1995's Batman Forever, but Val Kilmer wants to be Batman again.

It's been nearly 30 years since Val Kilmer played Batman in 1995's Batman Forever but he said he'd like to play the caped crusader again.

He's made a comeback in one of this old roles as Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky for Top Gun: Maverick, a part he first played all the way back in 1986, and feels ready to step into another old role.

Back before the modern times of superheroes dominating movie screens with cinematic universes and endless plotlines with no end in sight, Batman was carrying the torch through the end of the 80s and into the 90s.

Michael Keaton landed the role first, working with Tim Burton on Batman and Batman Returns, but left the role after disagreeing with new director Joel Schumacher on what direction Batman Forever should take.

He was replaced by Val Kilmer, who played the caped crusader in the box office hit film but did not return for follow-up Batman & Robin, which may be just as well considering replacement George Clooney has admitted it went really badly.

Val Kilmer and Chris O'Donnell as Batman and Robin in Batman Forever.
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They do say second time's a charm and it could prove to be so for Kilmer, while Batman Forever was a commercial success it was less well received by critics and die-hard fans, as many didn't appreciate the brighter, more camp take on the character.

It was a sharp detour from Keaton's dark, brooding Bruce Wayne who prowled around a gothic Gotham City fighting dark, creepy villains.

Still, with so many crossing timelines and new actors playing Batman the possibility that Kilmer could come back in some capacity is on the table.

While speaking to IGN's Jim Vejvoda, the 62-year-old was asked if he'd have any interest reprising his role as Batman, answering with a simple and direct 'yea please'.

While it sounds unlikely at first, he wouldn't be the first Batman to step back into the role after decades away.

Michael Keaton is supposed to be making a comeback in the DC cinematic universe, though whether his parts will ever see the light of day is another question entirely.

He was supposed to appear in Batgirl, but that film has been cancelled by Warner Bros and seems like it won't ever be seen despite being almost finished.

Keaton was also supposed to be part of upcoming movie The Flash with Ezra Miller in the leading role, but that film might also be in doubt.

Miller's recent actions have been troubling, to put it mildly, and Warner Bros has been left to consider options for the future.

The company are now reportedly facing three options, release the movie and run damage control on Miller, release the movie and ditch Miller or halt production and work out whether to scrap the movie or re-shoot Miller's parts with someone else.

If Keaton can do it, why not Kilmer?

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Topics: Film and TV, Batman, Celebrity