New Full-Length BIRDMAN Trailer: Michael Keaton Is About to Destroy What’s Left of His Career

     July 31, 2014


Fox Searchlight has released a new international full-length Birdman trailer for director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ambitious black comedy.  The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  The previous trailers have all been fantastic, but they’ve simply teased the plot without giving much away story-wise.  This new international trailer digs deep into the descent of Keaton’s character, and the actor looks to be giving a truly tour de force performance as a man on the brink of a career meltdown.  Moreover, it’s fantastic to see the kinds of camera tricks that Iñárritu uses to make the film appear to be one continuous shot.  I seriously can’t wait to see this movie.

Hit the jump to watch the new Birdman trailer, which is slightly NSFW for a couple of f-bombs.  The film also stars Edward NortonNaomi WattsEmma StoneZach GalifianakisAndrea Riseborough, and Amy RyanBirdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) will premiere at the Venice Film Festival and opens in theaters on October 17th.

Trailer via Fox Searchlight.

Here’s the official synopsis for Birdman:

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.


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  • Mario

    A film by Tommy Wiseau. Pass.

    • John

      Tommy Wiseau? It’s directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu who directed Babel and Biutiful.

      • Mario

        I was trying to be ironic. It LOOKS like a film directed by Wiseau!

      • Snarky

        I would say sardonic rather than ironic but I see a bit of the Wiseau comparison.

      • Guest1

        Ironic? You mean sarcastic right?

      • brNdon

        I think you mean IDIOTIC.

      • joeybot

        Yeah, it really truly does. You dumbfuck.

  • John

    Wow, looks incredible. Oscar nomination for Michael Keaton? Or do you think the Academy will be scared away?

    • kps

      Looks like just the sort of movie everyone will love but the Academy will ignore for being too cutting edge.

    • Person

      They may nominate him just because he’s been around a while and is well-liked in Hollywood. That’s the game – rarely do actors/directors get nominated or win when they’re actually supposed to.

      • Kyle Chandler

        This movie looks amazing and not particularly “live-affirming”. So i’m sure the Academy won’t notice it.

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  • Leo Spaceman

    I read the headline and was going to tell you to get F**ked; Keaton was Batman and voiced a Ken doll. His career is cemented in pure golden glory.

    Good thing u read the rest of your article.

    • Snarky

      Haha, I was thinking the same thing coming into this article!

    • ervin

      yup, a misleading title indeed

  • André Camilo

    Is that “About Time”‘s Lindsay Duncan at 1:57?

  • Stergios

    Wow, this looks absolutely terrific. Funny, sad, beautiful and brilliantly weird. Count me in!

  • alk

    so this is pretty much a semi-biographical movie about Micahel Keaton’s Batman role? I really hope they mention somewhere how the Birdman has evolved from when he was the original Birdman to subsequent incarnations…a la Nolan’s “Batman.” That would be really interesting.

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  • illipsis

    Looks really intriguing…hadn’t been particularly interested in this prior to seeing the trailer, but definitely want to see it now. Music selection for the trailer was fantastic too.