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Michael Keaton Reminds College Grads: 'I Am Batman'

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By    |   Thursday, 17 May 2018 11:41 AM

Michael Keaton is Batman and he is not about to let anyone forget that.

The actor delivered a commencement speech at Kent State University graduation in Ohio recently, and ended it in a most memorable way, which was caught on video and posted to social media, Mashable reported.

Addressing the audience, Keaton emphasized that there were two words he wanted them to remember -- not just any words, but two "very important" words.

Leaning into the microphone, he then dropped his voice and uttered the phrase, "I am Batman."

The quip had its desired effect as the audience erupted into applause and Keaton was hailed a legend in his own right.

There are ongoing debates as to which actor best portrayed the role of Batman.

Keaton appeared in Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" and 1992 "Batman Returns," but Screen Rant said he was outshone by the versions of Batman played by Ben Affleck and Christian Bale.

Of course, many will argue that Adam West, who starred as the superhero from 1966 to 1968, was the most iconic Batman.

"He was the real thing," said Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman alongside West, after her co-star died last year from leukemia.

Keaton still has a place in Batman history though.

"I'm proud of the choice I made, in terms of how to play Batman," he said in an interview with ShortList.

During the interview, ShortList's Louise Donovan pointed out that Bale had said he was jealous to see Ben wearing the cape and cowl.

"Do you ever get that?" She asked Keaton, whose response echoed his commencement speech.

"No. Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that."

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