Dopesick: a miniseries about America's opioid problem

DOPESICK Trailer 2 (2021) Michael Keaton

It’s great to see Michael Keaton in more things these days and that’s a major part of why I’m looking forward to watching Dopesick. Based on the book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy, the 8-episode series focuses on “the epicenter of America’s struggle with Opioid addiction”.

Keaton stars as Dr. Samuel Finnix, a well-liked doctor in a Virginia mining town who becomes a pusher for a pharmaceutical salesman who sells him OxyContin. Finnix begins to prescribe the drug with devastating effects and finds himself fighting to reclaim his integrity and the lives of his patients.

7 episodes are available to stream on Hulu now (the seventh just came out yesterday) with the final episode scheduled for 17th November. It’ll also be available to stream on the Star content hub of Disney+, Disney+ Hotstar and Star+ from tomorrow.

New teaser trailer for The Flash (starring Michael Keaton's voice)

“Tell me something. You can go anywhere you want, right? Any timeline. Any universe. Why do want to stay and fight to save this one?”

That’s all we get in terms of Michael Keaton‘s Batman (besides a few seconds of his Bat-head in silhouette form) in the new Flash trailer but it’s enough to whet the appetites of many, including my own. But the main theme of the trailer centres on The Flash and his crew leaving the DCEU and finding themselves in Tim Burton’s Batcave. The ending also teases a reveal of the Batmobile, hidden under some tarp but the trailer cuts to black before we get to see it, followed by a “holy shi-“.

The Flash is still in production but should be released in cinemas in November 2022.

Batman/Keaton related: How Michael Keaton perfected the role of Batman

How Michael Keaton perfected the role of Batman

How Michael Keaton Perfected BATMAN

No one has come close to Michael Keaton’s live-action portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman (emphasis on ‘live-action’ as Kevin Conroy goes toe-to-toe in the animated series). In the above video, iamthatroby explained why he loved Keaton’s Batman so much.

I have a hot, hot take for all of you: I believe that every single component of Batman the general audience loves is as a result of Michael Keaton’s performances in Batman and Batman Returns. The mannerisms, the sound, the look, the Batcave, the Batsuit. The two Burton films established this language for Batman that has been replicated time and time again.

I completely agree. Keaton set the standard that ever other Batman actor has followed.

I'm obsessed with Michael Keaton's Easter Candy SNL skit

While looking for Michael Keaton movies to buy/rent on YouTube, I came across this skit from SNL Season 40 Episode 17 (2015) starring Michael Keaton.

Entitled “Easter Candy“, it shows Keaton as himself but in a very creepy way showing all the easter candy he has in his basket. He’s joined by Portia (played by Kate McKinnon) and a cameo from his friend Jordan (who’s “a nut” as you’ll see later on, played by Bobby Moynihan).

Keaton started out in comedy but pivoted towards more serious work during the late 80s and throughout the rest of his career, thanks to impressive roles in Clean and Sober, Batman, and Batman Returns. He then came back to prominence in 2014 in Birdman, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

What I love about Michael Keaton is his range and having grown up knowing more of his serious stuff—that happens when you watch Batman and Batman Returns hundreds of times each in 28 years—I thoroughly enjoy his comedy, past and present. In “Easter Candy“, there are some hilariously creepy moments and some new quotables added to my repertoire.

Stream it below.

Easter Candy - SNL