Keanu Reeves said he would love to play Batman in a live-action movie after playing the role in DC League of Super-Pets.
At Wednesday’s L.A. premiere of DC League of Super-Pets, in which Reeves, 57, voices Batman, the actor told Extra how much he enjoyed stepping into the role — even if just briefly.
“I love Batman as a character and I love him in the comic books, the films, so to get the opportunity to voice — to play — Batman was awesome,” he said.
“But there’s … Pattinson’s got Batman right now and he’s doing awesome, so maybe down the road,” he said referring to Batman’s latest live-action film, The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson. “Maybe when they need an older Batman.”
DC League of Super-Pets stars Kevin Hart who plays Ace/Bat-Hound, a Boxer that later becomes Batman’s dog, and Dwayne Johnson who portrays Superman’s Labrador Retriever known as Krypto/Bark Kent/Superdog.
“I have a small part in this film, a bit of a cameo, but even that just to be a part of a project that [Dwayne] Johnson and Kevin Hart are a part of is awesome, and I got to play Batman,” he said.
Reeves had previously gotten the opportunity to play a live-action Batman in 1995’s Batman Forever as Joel Schumacher took over from Tim Burton, resulting in Keaton’s departure from the franchise. Though turning down the role, Reeves has since expressed regrets over passing up the opportunity to don the Batman mantle, as did Ethan Hawke, who was similarly approached for the part for the 1995 film.
DC League of Super-Pets hits theaters on July 29.