Michael Keaton made his screen debut in an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood way back in 1975, but you’d have to say that the veteran actor might be in the midst of the hottest streak of a career that’s now in its 46th year.
In the last six of those, he landed an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor thanks to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), starred in Best Picture winner Spotlight, lent his vocal talents to billion-dollar box office smash hit Minions, appeared in Netflix’s Best Picture nominee The Trial of the Chicago 7, and is currently drawing rave reviews for his performance as Kenneth Feinberg in the platform’s new drama Worth.
To top it all off, he’s now part of not one, not two, but three shared superhero universes. Sandwiched in between his Marvel Cinematic Universe outing Spider-Man: Homecoming and trip over to Sony’s Spider-Man Universe for next year’s Morbius, Keaton is currently shooting The Flash, the multiversal DCEU epic that sees him suit up as Batman for the first time in 30 years.
Today also happens to be his 70th birthday, and as you can see from the reactions below, the well wishes have been pouring in from every corner of the internet.
The Michael Keaton resurgence has been a joy to behold, and long may it continue. His star never really faded in the strictest sense of the word, but he’s enjoying a critical and commercial hot streak the likes of which he’s never experienced before, and you can’t say it hasn’t been earned.