The "Batman" movie series began in 1989 with Michael Keaton playing the lead. He was asked to appear in the second film, but a falling out ensued and Val Kilmer snagged the lead role in "Batman Forever." There are several stories as to why Keaton didn't return. In the book "Batman: The Complete History" Keaton said he wasn't interested in the new direction the movie was going, director Joel Schumacher later said he fired Keaton, and in an interview Keaton said he wanted time to spend with his son.
Val Kilmer, in turn, did not come back for the third Batman movie called "Batman and Robin," but was replaced by George Clooney. Kilmer said he was offered the part but had already committed to another movie. Director Joel Schumacher said he didn't want to work with Kilmer and that is why he wasn't in the third movie.- Xfinity Entertainment Editors
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