Michael Keaton Reminds Us: ‘I’m Batman. I’m Very Secure in That’


Men in capes.

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As Ben Affleck takes the keys to the Batmobile as the latest iteration of the caped crusader in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Michael Keaton said in a recent interview that he feels no hero-envy.

“Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that,” Keaton told Variety, giving the most Bruce-Wayne-like, ice-cool response imaginable.

Keaton played the role twice in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and the 1992 follow-up Batman Returns, but opted out of reprisal in Batman Forever. More recently, Keaton has turned heads in his starring role in Birdman, about an actor who left a fictional multi-million dollar superhero franchise.

What do Keaton’s fellow alumni of the cape and cowl have to say on the matter?

“When I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour,”

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Army to Recognize Legal Names of Transgender Veterans


Civil rights are human rights.

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TRENTON, N.J. — The U.S. Army has agreed to “fully recognize” the new legal names of two transgendermilitary veterans, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.

The group’s New Jersey chapter announced that the Army Board for Correction of Military Records recently notified the two veterans about its decision. The board initially recommended that the request be rejected, but the Army Review Boards’ deputy assistant secretary overrode the decision.

“To get this news the week of Thanksgiving feels fitting,” one of the veterans said in a release issued by the ACLU. “This is about much more than a change on a piece of paper. This is about the relief of knowing that when I apply for a job, or a home loan, or anything where my veteran status is relevant, I can do it as myself.”

The New Jersey-based veterans, whose full names were not disclosed, were seeking to change…

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