Michael Keaton has entered negotiations to reprise the role of Batman in The Flash, Warner Bros’ long-gestating DC adaptation that’s apparently still set to star Ezra Miller.
TheWrap first broke the news, reporting that Keaton’s return as Bruce Wayne will be made possible with a multiverse narrative that will find “Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen travel back in time to prevent the death of his mother. The result? Allen inadvertently creates another universe protected by Michael Keaton’s Batman, now 30 years older.”
Deadline confirmed the news, reporting that Keaton’s return would put “Batman in a Nick Fury-like role” and that this will mark a follow-up to 1992’s Batman Returns, ignoring Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. After playing Batman twice, Keaton chose not to continue as the Caped Crusader for those latter two films, opting to leave the franchise after director Tim Burton was not rehired.
Robert Pattinson-starring movie The Batman is reportedly still shaping up to be the key film in WB’s DC film universe and it’s mythology will not be affected by what’s in the works here.
While it’s certainly an exciting proposition, as of now Keaton’s return as Batman is not a certainty. Various outlets are pointing out that these talks are in early stages and could still go either way.
The Flash is to be directed by It movies helmer Andrés Muschietti, with the most recent screenplay draft coming from Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson. Production is expected to get underway in early 2021 – COVID-19 limitations allowing, of course.
Stay tuned for more on this one.