If you’ve seen the gorgeous, brain-teasing trailer for Birdman, the upcoming dark comedy directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton, you probably have a lot of questions. Who is Birdman? How did that flower vase move itself? Why is Michael Keaton walking through Times Square in his underwear? Why is he wrestling Edward Norton in his underwear? As far as Keaton is concerned, the more puzzles the better. “We don’t want to give away too much,” says the actor. “This thing will keep unveiling itself.”
To that end, EW has five exclusive images from the movie that shed a little more light on the project. (Check out the other four after the jump.) Here’s what we do know: Keaton plays Riggin Thomson, an actor who is directing and starring in a Broadway production of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Keaton also plays Birdman, the superhero character who made Thomson famous and continues to haunt him as he suffers a nervous breakdown before the play’s premiere. Edward Norton plays an actor in Thomson’s play, Emma Stone is Thomson’s daughter, and the cast also features Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Ryan. “It’s less about a guy who played a superhero in big hit movies than it is about exploring the human soul and psyche, and also where we are as a society today and how much importance we place on those kinds of things,” says Keaton. So, that clears up all your questions, right? Right.