Watch Michael Keaton and Robert Downey, Jr. Talk About Wearing Superhero Costumes

By January 1, 2015

Superhero cinema is a very interesting genre, because it seems like it comes in waves. While 1978’s Superman: The Movie starring Christopher Reeve and directed by Richard Donner is the first major example of a modern superhero film, 1989’s Batman took things to a whole other level by sweeping up the nation in a wave of “Batmania” not seen since the first two seasons of Adam West’s 1966 TV series.

Nearly twenty years after the release of Tim Burton’s Batman, Jon Favreau’s Iron Man starring Robert Downey, Jr. gave a shot in the arm to an already popular genre, with Downey’s Tony Stark becoming the biggest movie star of the last several years.

In short, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey, Jr. have been at the forefront of superhero popularity in two defining eras, and it seems like they’d have some common experiences that they could talk about if someone ever put them in a room together. Fortunately for us, recently someone did.

Recently appearing on “Hollywood Sessions” from EPIX (via Yahoo Movies), the panel consisted of Keaton, Downey, Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, and Steve Carrell. Eventually, the conversation went around to Keaton’s time on the first Batman film, which Downey also used to convey both his appreciation for Keaton as a trailblazing superhero actor, as well as to relate how difficult the awesome looking, yet cumbersome costumes can be. See the clip below.

Much has often been said about the difficulties that arose during the production of Burton’s Batman, since, at the time, it was one of the most complex superhero costumes ever committed to film. Nowadays, they seem to have the Batsuit down to a science, but this is likely something Downy can relate to since Iron Man’s costume is inherently more complex than Batman’s.

Still, this should be an entertaining watch for anyone who considers themselves a fan of Batman, Iron Man, or both talented actors.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.