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Val Kilmer Says He Would Like to Play Batman Again

After reprising Iceman in the blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick, the actor says he'd be interested in donning the black cape again too.

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Actor Val Kilmer is shown here in the Amazon Prime Video documentary Val, released last year.

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Val Kilmer is ready to fly again -- this time as Batman.

After returning to the big screen as pilot Tom "Iceman" Kazansky in the blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick, the actor said during an interview with IGN's Jim Vejvoda that he would be interested in reprising his role as the Caped Crusader.

In between Michael Keaton and George Clooney donning the black cape, Kilmer played Batman in the 1995 movie Batman Forever, opposite Jim Carrey as The Riddler, Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face and Chris O'Donnell as Dick Grayson, aka Robin.

Vejvoda's interview with Kilmer was conducted over email with the actor, also known for his performances in Real Genius and Tombstone, lost his voice to throat cancer after a tracheotomy in 2014. Kilmer's appearance in the Top Gun sequel was aided by British AI company Sonantic, which created a model of his voice.

When asked if he would be interested in playing Bruce Wayne, especially at a time when "we now have multiple universes in comic book movies where actors who've played Batman or Spider-Man in the past team up with the current actor playing the role," the actor reportedly responded, "Yea please."

The 62-year-old actor's interview, which Vejvoda tweeted, came on the heels of Warner Bros. Discovery  announcing it had canceled release of the upcoming Batgirl movie, which featured Leslie Grace as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon and Keaton reprising his role as Batman. The film, part of the DC Extended Universe, was scrapped after the studio had already reportedly sunk $90 million into the project.

The interview also comes as Maverick, which has surpassed $1 billion at the box office worldwide to become the year's top-grossing movie, was released for home digital sales through online stores like Amazon Video, Apple TV and Vudu. Kilmer recalled the thrill of working on the 1986 movie and working again with Tom Cruise, aka Maverick.

"During the first film we had a blast as young actors!!" Kilmer told IGN via email. "I was blown away by the scale of the sets! I have fond memories of the 'behind the scenes!'"

"Most of film work is WAITING!!!" he said. "Takes a lot of discipline. On the new one, it was just nice to be with Tom and get the chance to connect again!!"

Kilmer also said during the conversation that it would be fun to make a sequel to the 1995 crime drama Heat because he has a love and trust with director Michael Mann. In January, Mann said that he's working on a novel that follows Kilmer's character, Chris, as he attempts to escape LA in the aftermath of the film's disastrous bank robbery and chaotic shootout.

Kilmer's struggles with throat cancer were documented in the 2021 Amazon Prime Video movie Val. In the film, Kilmer's son, Jack, narrates how chemotherapy and radiation treatments impaired Kilmer's ability to speak but not his creative voice.