Michael Keaton On Christopher Nolan's Batman: 'He's The One Who Got It'

Michael Keaton at "The Merry Gentleman" press conference in NYC on April 20, 2009 Michael Keaton at "The Merry Gentleman" press conference in NYC on April 20, 2009

A former Batman has some high praise for the franchise’s current director.

“He’s unbelievably great,” Michael Keaton told Access Hollywood of Christopher Nolan, director of “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.” “He’s the one who got it… he got it and he took it to a whole other level.”

The star, who sat down on Saturday with Access at the junket for this summer’s “The Other Guys,” in which he’ll join funnymen Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, said he appreciated the franchise’s current darker tone.

“That general direction was always where I thought that character and the story could go,” Michael, who starred in Tim Burton’s “Batman” and “Batman Returns,” said. “He just did it brilliantly… That Heath Ledger performance [in ‘The Dark Knight’] is unbelievable.”

However, he said his latest film, a cop buddy comedy about a pair of bumbling detectives, brings the laughs instead.

“There was so much laughing on the set, it’s kind of ridiculous,” Michael said. “The job is doing every scene with a straight face and not losing it.”

“The Other Guys” is due in theaters on August 6, 2010.

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