My Name Is Legion wrote:
I remember Burton explaining his casting of Keaton as Batman with a remark something like "of all the actors I saw, Michael was the only one I could imagine dressing up like a bat and sneaking out in the middle of the night."
Still the worst casting decision of the last 25 years. That would have been good rational to give Keaton the lead in a movie about cosplay.
But the actor also had to have the needed physicality, which Keaton simply did not have. He just wasn't believable in that role.
As far as what else has been said here, I agree, character is essential. The Star Wars prequels are the perfect example. All story, no character. We don't give a damn about those people.
So much good reading on this thread!