Michael Keaton is in talks to play Batman in Andy Muschietti’s The FlashThe DC Extended Universe solo film, The Flash, has been in production for nearly five years and has seen a number of screenwriters and directors come and go and now that Andy Muschietti has taken a stable position behind the camera, The Wrap suggested that the film will contain an important surprise in the form of Michael Keaton as Batman!
Some sources report that the 68-year-old actor is currently in talks with Warner Bros. to resume his starring role in the long-awaited project focused on the super-fast read superhero, in an attempt to make the concept of the Multiverse known to the public, however specifying that the negotiations would be “in the very early stages”.
The Multiverse is a concept highlighted by most DC Comics comics, with The CW’s Arrowverse using the idea of connecting Supergirl to other series and helping with annual crossover events, in particular, Crisis on the Endless Lands of the Year last. The network also used this event to connect the world of the small screen to the big screen when Ezra Miller ‘s Flash met with Grant Gustin and confirmed the existence of Justice League and Wonder Woman.
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It is not currently known how the script of The Flash is trying to play with the idea of the multiverse, especially in future DCEU films, but sources are confirming that if Keaton returns to the role after 30 years, it will not affect the highly anticipated Matt Reeves’ The Batman and that the studio is still considering Robert Pattinson as the future of the Dark Knight franchise.
Keaton first took on the role of Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 film, which proved to be a critical and public success, helping to pave the way for future box office dominance of the comic book genre. His performance was largely considered one of the character’s best iterations, despite the fans’ initial hesitation. Keaton then returned to the role in 1992 with Batman Returns, again directed by Tim Burton and, after the financial success and positive reviews, the studio began developing the third episode, although it came out after Tim’s departure Burton directing and the arrival of Joel Schumacher, who continued directing Val Kilmer in Batman Forever and George Clooney in Batman & Robin.
If the Keaton deal were to be finalized and the directors were to continue with the multiverse concept, the plan is to make The Flash work as a direct sequel to Batman Returns, borrowing the acclaimed 2011 Flashpoint crossover storyline, exploring what his version of Batman was in the following years.
Warner Bros. revealed for the first time that his The Flash would be inspired by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s Flashpoint comic back in 2017. The studio even went so far as to change the film’s title to Flashpoint. But after last month’s announcement of the film’s release date in 2022, it doesn’t seem to be that way.
The Flash is expected to arrive in theatres on July 1, 2022.