Actor Michael Keaton ended his commencement address at this year’s Kent State University graduation in a strange, but endearing way. To the delight of some, and to the chagrin of others, the 66-year-old actor paused and told the crowd that he had one more thing to say before he leaned over the podium and uttered the words “I’m Batman” in his iconic superheroic grumble.
Over the years, Keaton has played a million awesome roles from the washed up and half-crazy actor Riggan Thomson in the movie Birdman to his role as the titular character in Tim Burton’s 1988 classic, Beetlejuice. Despite a lengthy career, Keaton will probably forever be known for his role as the caped crusader in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns. To this day, many will still argue that Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, and even the OG Adam West’s attempts at the role don’t even hold a candle to Keaton’s.
Michael Keaton closed his commencement speech at Kent State with "I'm Batman."
And this is why Michael Keaton is the best. pic.twitter.com/20H1B99aCl
— TODD SPENCE (@Todd_Spence) May 16, 2018
The actor’s entire address was essentially overshadowed by just two words. Still, one can’t really be blamed for thinking that it was cool of him to quote the movie. The words were met with some applause, but it sounded a little light for a university that graduates thousands of kids each year. Though Keaton heaped on the awesome at the end, according to some audience members, the rest of his speech wasn’t that good at all.
Kent State just spent $100,000 on Michael Keaton to give a speech on an attic, hitchhiking, his one pair of shoes, and how he never finished college
Is Michael Keaton wasted right now??? @KentState
— Grace (@fftyshdsofgrace) May 12, 2018
Graduation took so long today that I left before I even walked. Peace out Kent State, and btw Michael Keaton’s speech sucked!!!!!
— Amanda Baldasare (@ItsMeMannyB) May 12, 2018
Perhaps his speech was actually really good and it’s sitting around for hours in a sweaty polyester robe while some nasally dean reads off every name but your own that just makes everything seem awful. The world may never know.