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Mark Newton

Alright guys, I think I've just discovered by new most anticipated movie. Fox Searchlight has just released the first teaser trailer for Alejandro González Iñárritu's upcoming black comedy, Birdman, and it looks incredible.

If the cast of Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan and Naomi Watts isn't enough to get you excited, I'm sure the storyline will. You see, [Birdman](movie:780317) is a 'superhero' movie with a twist - it depicts a washed-up actor who once played an incredibly iconic superhero - *ahem* like Batman. However, with his career in tatters he struggles to mount a Broadway play against the backdrop of his family and personal problems. Check out the trailer below:

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

This combination of story, cast and director certainly promises to deliver something quite spectacular. Alejandro González Iñárritu - who along with Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón forms the trio of breakout Mexican directors who've taken cinema by storm - is the auteur who gave us Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel.

With the superhero movies dominating the box office right now, it certainly feels like the right time for a film which takes an interesting and dark meta look at the genre. I also wonder if Michael Keaton can base some of his performance on his own experience of playing Batman.

Of course, he wouldn't be the first former Batman to parody his own career. Did you see the rather hilarious cameo of Val Kilmer in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's Life's Too Short (in fact it might have been of the few genuinely hilarious scenes)? You can check that out below. Just for fun:

Currently, Birdman is expected to fly into theaters on October 17th.

What do you think? Has the Birdman trailer impressed you as much as it has me?


The Birdman trailer looked...

Source: GeekTyrant


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