3. Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, and Alexander Dinelaris (based on a play by Raymond Carver)

A washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, attempts to revive his career by writing and starring in his very own Broadway play.

Why It’s Innovative: The story takes place in relative real time and plays with the notion of an actor losing his mind as he confronts his inner demon in the form of a superhero he used to play. While the script itself could have been a simple story of a has-been movie star trying to showcase his talent through a play he wrote, the writers managed to shake things up with a surreal narrative.

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