Michael Keaton was asked to give the commencement address for the 2018 graduates of Kent State University. He spoke and gave some inspirational words to the graduates, but one particular thing stuck out to everyone in attendance. Keaton ended his speech by bringing out some famous words he has said in the past and the crowd loved it!
Keaton spoke for almost 20 minutes, but he ended it by saying, “I’ve got one more thing to say and it’ll only take me a second, and I’ve got two words that I want you all to remember. They’re very important, and if I leave you with anything, I’m going to leave you with these two words. And those two words are: I’m Batman.”
Of course, Michael Keaton said those words in Tim Burton's Batman from 1989 and its sequel in 1992, Batman Returns. The fans love it, as he continues to say it during various fan appearances.
Many actors have played Batman, but Keaton still ranks as one of the most iconic. He was asked in 2017 why he turned down the opportunity for a return appearance in Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever. Keaton held back nothing, as he said, “It sucked. The script never was great. I didn’t understand why [Schumacher] wanted to do what he wanted to do … I knew it was in trouble when he said, ‘Why does everything have to be so dark?’”
After Keaton left his role as Batman, he changed up his acting genre. He took on a more dramatic role, as he starred in Noah, Birdman, Spotlight, The Founder and Spider-Man: Homecoming. He is set to return to work with Tim Burton, as he will take part in Disney's live-action Dumbo movie.
Check out the full commencement speech below, but you can jump to the 17:44 mark for that amazing ending: