Michael Keaton — Terrible Director, Diva & Grinch … Says Lawsuit

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Michael Keaton“s alter ego ain”t Batman anymore … it”s Hollywood D-bag — this according to movie producers who claim Keaton”s diva antics torpedoed their Christmastime flick.

Keaton is being sued by Merry Gentleman, LLC — a production company that claims it sunk more than $4 million to make “The Merry Gentleman” … which Keaton both directed and starred in.

In the suit, filed in federal court in Illinois, M.G. claims Keaton was a total pain in the ass from the moment production began in 2007.

First example — M.G. claims they put time, energy and money into building an editing facility for Keaton in California … and once it was set up, Keaton decided to go on a fly-fishing trip to Montana. M.G claims Keaton forced the production company to build another editing facility in MT, so he could work and play at the same time.

Second example — M.G. claims Keaton slacked on the directing duties at first … and he knew it … because he personally told producers his first cut was a piece of crap.

According to the suit, producers decided to cut their own version of the movie … and when Keaton found out, he flipped — threatening to use his connections to have the movie pulled from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival unless they agreed to run one of Keaton”s versions instead.

Producers conceded … but M.G. claims Keaton”s diva antics continued … because when it came time to promote the film on “GMA,” Keaton was less than enthusiastic about the movie.

The flick eventually bombed in theaters — raking in less than $350k … and producers are pointing the finger solely at Keaton.

M.G. is suing for unspecified damages — likely in the millions. Calls to Keaton”s camp have not been returned.