One of the more intriguing films on the upcoming slate has to be Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman, a skewed take on the whole superhero craze sweeping cinemas over recent years.

Starring Tim Burton’s Batman himself, Michael Keaton, the simple synopsis is as follows:

“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.”

Sadly we have to wait until January 1 to see the film hit cinemas, but here’s a few clips to pass the time between now and then (unless you saw it at the recent London Film Festival of course).

The first sees Keaton’s Riggan fending off members of the press in a junket gone awry:

 

The second sees Riggan debating the use of further actors with his best friend/lawyer/producer Jake (Zach Galifianakis):

 

Also starring the likes of Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, we’re looking forward to this one.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.