October 16, 2014 11:07 AM EDT

In the new film Birdman, out Oct. 17, Michael Keaton plays an actor trying to relaunch his career after playing a superhero. Keaton, of course, is best known for playing Batman in the late ’80s and early ’90s — it’s all very meta.

Redefining oneself after playing such an iconic character is no easy feat. Here’s what happened to some of your favorite superhero actors after they hung up their capes.

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