By Ariana Bacle
Updated July 31, 2014 at 04:54 PM EDT

Michael Keaton got a career boost when he played Batman in both Batman and Batman Returns, and now he might get another one by playing a new superhero: Birdman.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman follows Riggan Thomson (Keaton), an actor who’s famous for playing superhero Birdman but is now struggling to get his life together as he puts together a Broadway show. The film, which also stars Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis, is set to open the Venice Film Festival August 27.

González Iñárritu’s Babel was nominated for both best picture and best director Oscars in 2007 and he most recently directed 2010’s Biutiful, a Spanish film starring Javier Bardem that earned two Academy Award nods.

Birdman is set to arrive in theaters October 17.