Dailies | Michael Keaton's Life ‘Smells Like Balls’ in Full ‘Birdman’ Trailer (Video)

The former “Batman” plays an aging actor who can't stop thinking about his superhero past

Michael Keaton‘s life stinks in the first full trailer for “Birdman,” an upcoming black comedy about a washed-up actor trying to pull off a Broadway play in an effort to distance himself from his superhero legacy.

The preview (above) makes it perfectly clear, however, that Keaton's character can't stop thinking about being “Birdman,” and starts to crack as pressures from the play begin to mount.

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“How did we end up here? This place is horrible. Smells like balls,” Keaton's inner superhero narrates. “We had it all. You were a movie star, remember?”

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Babel”) co-wrote and directed what promises to be a strange movie about a man struggling to break free of his past and embrace the present. Or maybe he'll just descend into madness.

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Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Ryan co-star in the Fox Searchlight release that will open the Venice Film Festival and close the New York Film Festival ahead of its Oct. 17 theatrical debut.