Batman, DC’s Dark Knight superhero, has already been adapted in live-action mere years after his comic-book debut in 1939, with a series of 1940s film serials. But until the 1980s the most memorable live-action version of the character was in the 1966 TV series (and tie-in movie) starring Adam West, in all its wacky Silver-Age superhero campiness. Then in 1989 Warner Bros. released “Batman,” directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton. This film made the Dark Knight “dark” again. While other actors and voice talents have played Batman since, Keaton remains a fan favorite. And news of his return to the role has surfaced.
Word from The Wrap is that the DC Extended Universe of Warner Bros. Pictures will feature Michael Keaton as Batman in its upcoming solo superhero movie of “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (“Fantastic Beasts”) who originated the role by cameo in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The actor’s involvement was confirmed by his talent agency ICM Partners, after nearly a year of speculation that Keaton has been approached to reprise being the Dark Knight again after three decades. There was even a brief moment of doubt in March when Keaton remarked that concerns for COVID-19 might prevent his involvement, him being 69 and turning 70 this coming September.
How does this factor into Keaton returning as Batman, seeing as it would make him old? That lies in the speculated plot for the DCEU “Flash” movie since 2017 that is said to adapt the “Flashpoint” comic-book storyline. Here, the Flash/Barry Allen uses his super-speed to the utmost, making him travel back in time. He uses the opportunity to save his mother from dying, and in doing so creates an alternate history that changes his “present” time when he returns.
Warner and DCEU’s “The Flash” movie with Ezra Miller in the lead has started its production this past Monday, April 19, in London. Director Andres Muschietti announced the news on his Instagram page, with a visual of the film’s title. It is not yet certain when Michael Keaton will come in to join the filming, but for those fans who have missed him as Batman since 1992’s “Batman Returns,” the fact that he is part of the cast is already enough hype for the film, which will premiere November 2022. Keaton was last in a superhero film in 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” where he portrays antagonist Adrian Toomes, aka the Vulture.
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