Michael Keaton May Play Batman Again for the DC Universe
Michael Keaton is in early talks to reprise his role as Batman in the DC Cinematic Universe. Michael Keaton’s conduit to a return as the cape crusader will initially be The Flash film and the Flashpoint comic book storyline its based on:
Flashpoint details an altered DC Universe in which only Barry Allen seems to be aware of significant differences between the regular timeline and the altered one, including Cyborg’s place as the world’s quintessential hero, much like Superman is in the main timeline, with Superman himself being held captive as a lab-rat by the United States government within an underground facility in Metropolis. In addition, Thomas Wayne is Batman, and a war between Wonder Woman and Aquaman has decimated western Europe.
Following Keaton’s turns as Batman in 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns, the Flashpoint film will catch-up with Bruce Wayne after having protected Gotham City for the last thirty years. The Thomas Wayne storyline from the original Flashpoint storyline will be switched so that its his son, Bruce Wayne, who is Batman.
Directed by Andrés Muschietti, The Flash‘s plot synopsis is as follows: “the story sees 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.”
And then there are the other DC Universe films that Keaton could appear in as mentor-like role (this screams Batman Beyond and the older Batman in that TV series that mentors a new Batman):
If these talks make, sources say Keaton could end up playing Batman in a mentor capacity, a bit like Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury, and appear in multiple movies. BATGIRL is one of the possible projects. https://t.co/3FTuQQplZn
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) June 22, 2020
The Flash is due in U.S. theaters through Warner Bros. on July 1, 2022.
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