BATMAN, Michael Keaton, 1989
Best known for starring as Batman in Batman and Batman Returns in 1989 and 1992, Michael Keaton laid low for a couple of decades until this year's Birdman. His biggest role was in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown.Warner Brothers; WireImage/Getty Images
BATMAN, Michael Keaton, 1989
Lynda Carter, US actress, in costume in a publicity still issue for the US television series, 'Wonder Woman', circa 1977. The televsiion series, based on the DC Comics character, starred Carter as 'Wonder Woman'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
BLADE, Wesley Snipes, 1998
BATMAN AND ROBIN, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1997
DAREDEVIL, Ben Affleck, 2003, TM & Copyright (c) Film Corp. All rights reserved.
FLASH GORDON, Sam J. Jones, 1980, (c) Universal
BATMAN & ROBIN, Alicia Silverstone, 1997. ©Warner Bros.
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 1:THE INCREDIBLE HULK cast member Lou Ferrigno as the 'Hulk'. The television program originally aired on CBS from March 1978 to June 1982. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Lou Ferrigno
Adam West, US actor, in costume in a studio portrait, against a yellow background, issued as publicity for the television series, 'Batman', USA, circa 1966. The television series featuring DC Comics characters, starred West as 'Bruce Wayne' and his alter ego, 'Batman'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
The death of "Superman" star George Reeves in 1959 drives the new "Hollywoodland," an examination of whether the Man of Steel died of a suicide (as is widely believed) or of something more sinister. (AP Photo)
SPIDER-MAN, Tobey Maguire, 2002, (c) Columbia Pictures
BATMAN AND ROBIN, George Clooney, 1997.
THE INCREDIBLE HULK, 2008. ©Universal
BATMAN RETURNS, Michelle Pfeiffer, 1992. ©Warner Bros.
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From Batman to Birdman: What Happened to Your Favorite Superhero Actors?

Oct 16, 2014

In the new film Birdman, out Oct. 17, Michael Keaton plays an actor trying to relaunch his career after playing a superhero. Keaton, of course, is best known for playing Batman in the late '80s and early '90s — it's all very meta.

Redefining oneself after playing such an iconic character is no easy feat. Here's what happened to some of your favorite superhero actors after they hung up their capes.

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