Michael Keaton has been gracing the big and small screen with his unique dad energy for over 40 years. During his illustrious career, he’s played classic characters who will go down in the annals of film history.
His Batman was iconic, and Beetlejuice has such lasting impact we’re afraid to say Beetlejuice one more time in this sentence. He’s been nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Birdman, and has a relatively spotless career. And while all these performances we mentioned were iconic, and important, we’re not going to talk about them here.
Instead, we’re going to talk about his best dad roles. Because, at his core, Michael Keaton plays an incredible dad. And we’re here to celebrate it.
Michael Keaton is so good at playing a dad that, even when he’s playing a Marvel villain? He’s…still a pretty good dad. He sacrifices everything to try to give his family the life he feels they deserve, he has a great relationship with his daughter, and he even threatens the boy going on a date with said daughter before a dance. All great dad stuff. Minus, you know, the building a flying suit out of alien technology and using it to terrorize New York City.
Okay, okay we didn’t say all of these would be good movies. In fact, in Jack Frost, you can argue that Keaton doesn’t even play all that good of a dad. However, just because he can’t keep his promises doesn’t mean he doesn’t try. After all, he comes back from the dead in order to spend time with his family. Admittedly, in the form of a snowman, but it’s the thought that counts. And yes, this movie is…weird.
Again, not all of these movies are great. But Michael Keaton gets to play both Katie Holmes’ father and the President of the Dang United States in this one, and that’s enough for us to include it as an important Dad Role.
The Other Guys
As Captain Gene in The Other Guys, Keaton provides one of the most underappreciated dad roles in modern film history. Not that his family is really mentioned in the movie at all. But still, an authority figure calmly, and inadvertently, quoting TLC songs might be one of the funniest and most-dad running gags in comedy history.
But of course, when you’re talking about Michael Keaton in a dad role, the championship belt always has to go to…
This speaks for itself. Only Michael Keaton can Dad so well he can round the corner to pull off a Mr. Mom. We all must bow down to the true master.