After decades, Michael Keaton returning as Batman in upcoming ‘The Flash’ movie
It looks like that after almost three decades, Michael Keaton is set to reprise his role as Batman. According to recent reports, the 69-year-old will don the role of the caped crusader in the upcoming Andrés Muschietti-directed DC superhero film, The Flash. He’ll be accompanying Ezra Miller, who will be reprising his role as Barry Allen/The Flash.
Michael Keaton back as Batman?
According to The Wrap, Keaton’s talent agency ICM Partners confirmed that the actor will participate in Muschietti’s film. And this Flash movie is going to cross many boundaries that Warner Bros. has previously promised with DC. According to the article, this movie will explore the “idea of the multiverse, one of the core concepts underpinning DC Comics”. It is such an ambitious film that it will show viewers “several different versions of the same characters to simultaneously exist and, occasionally, interact”. In this movie, we will see Barry Allen:
travel back in time to prevent the death of his mother. The result? Allen inadvertently creates another universe protected by Keaton’s Batman, now 30 years older.
Michael Keaton last reprised his role in 1992 in Batman Returns. However, he left the role during the shooting of the third film, after the studios replaced Tim Burton with Joel Schumacher. Keaton first donned the role in 1989’s Batman, which was a huge critical and commercial success, changing the way we look at superhero movies forever.
However, Keaton was not this keen to do The Flash movie last month, as he sent fans into a frenzy. And the reason he was reluctant was the COVID-19 pandemic. He told Deadline:
To be honest with you, you know what worries me more than anything about all this stuff? It’s COVID. I’m more concerned. I keep my eye more on the COVID situation in the U.K. than anything. That will determine everything, and so that’s why I’m living outside the city here on 17 acres, staying away from everybody, because the COVID thing has got me really concerned. So, that’s my first thing about all projects. I look at it and go, is this thing going to kill me, literally? And you know, if it doesn’t, then we talk.Michael Keaton
Furthermore, Keaton’s Batman will not in any way affect Matt Reeves’ The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, which is currently filming in the UK.