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Another highly anticipated 2014 film, got us even more excited today with the International Trailer for Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, starring Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson / Birdman. Actually, the film has a new extended title as well, Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.

The official synopsis from Fox Searchlight: 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.

The cast includes Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton (as an arrogant stage actor who tries to usurp Riggan's control of the play), Andrea Riseborough as Laura, Riggan's girlfriend, and Emma Stone as the girlfriend of Norton's character and Riggan's daughter.

One of the most anticipated aspects of the film is that this is Iñárritu's first attempt at comedy, although clearly there's a seriousness to Birdman as well. Iñárritu is known for somber films like Amores perros, 21 Grams, Babel, and Biutiful. This will certainly be an ambitious film, according to the film's cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (who won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Gravity), the camerawork and editing of Birdman will be manipulated to give the appearance that the film is one continuous long take.

But, perhaps the most anticipated aspect among most movie goers and comic book fans is that this could be the comeback performance of Michael Keaton, known for playing Batman in Tim Burton's Batman, and Batman Returns. There's a clear parallel between the character Keaton portrays, Riggan Thomson, and himself, although I'm sure that it's not meant to be 100%. Keaton is not merely portraying himself. I'm personally excited because I think Michael Keaton is an awesome actor, who has built up a sort of cult fan base that have been waiting for a chance for him to get a break out role. Birdman can possibly satisfy Keaton fans, comic book fans, and artistically. The film will be released on October 17, 2014.


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