LOS ANGELES (CBS SF/AP) — Michael Keaton has revealed the reason behind his departure from the “Batman” franchise after two films.

Keaton starred as the superhero in 1989’s “Batman” and 1992’s “Batman Returns.” Both of those films were directed by Tim Burton. Joel Schumacher was hired to direct 1995’s “Batman Forever,” and Keaton decided to pass on starring in that film.

Michael Keaton as Batman in "Batman Returns" (credit: Warner Bros)

Michael Keaton as Batman in “Batman Returns” (credit: Warner Bros)

Keaton said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast that the script for the film “never was good.” He said he didn’t understand why Schumacher “wanted to do what he wanted to do” with the film, which was lighter in tone than the first two films.

Val Kilmer stepped in as the caped crusader.

Keaton is currently starring in “The Founder,” a biopic about fast food pioneer Ray Kroc.

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