What makes the fury that surrounded Michael Keaton's casting as Batman interesting was that it happened pre-internet. Nowadays, any casting news in these types of films becomes heavily scrutinised, with most outbursts ending up on forums. Essentially, it's just fans venting their frustrations in the easiest way possible, and it happens so frequently now that few people take notice. In the late 80s however, over 50,000 letters were sent to Warner Bros, urging them to rethink the casting of Michael Keaton who was famed for his eccentric performances in 'Night Shift' and 'Beetlejuice'. It turned out to be much ado about nothing, as the protestors (branded "DC Comics fundamentalists" by Keaton) would eventually rate his performance as one of the best Bruce Wayne/Batman portrayals on-screen.
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