After 30 years away from the title, and taking on two other winged roles, Michael Keaton is in talks to return as Batman.
As reported by The Wrap, Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne and Batman in the upcoming The Flash film. According to the report, talks are in incredibly early stages and it is possible that it may fall through in the end, but they are happening.
The Hollywood Reporter corroborates The Wrap’s report while also stating that it’s possible he may in the Batgirl film that is currently in development and that he would fill a Nick Fury-style role in the upcoming slate of DCEU films.
For those of you don’t know, Michael Keaton first appeared as Batman in the Tim Burton directed films Batman and Batman Returns in 1989 and 1992 respectively, before leaving the role due to creative differences. In the years that followed, he starred in Birdman, which was basically lampooning how he felt about being type-cast as Batman, and then played The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming and he’s set to reprise that role in Morbius as well.
To many, he’s the fan favorite version of The Dark Knight, so the prospect of him returning to the role in any capacity is exciting. Plus, he’s just a phenomenal actor who has a had a resurgence over the past decade, so just based on talent alone, it’s smart to bring him back into the fold.
According to The Wrap as well, The Flash will introduce the concept of the multiverse within the context of the DCEU as the plot is reportedly loosely based on Flashpoint. After changing hands multiple times over the years, The Flash is currently set to be helmed by IT: Chapter One and Two director Andy Muschietti with a script from Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson.
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