Michael Keaton Is In Talks To Play Batman Once Again After 28 Years

Michael Keaton Is In Talks To Play Batman Once Again After 28 Years

The 'Beetlejuice' star last played the role of the caped crusader in 1992 in Tim Burton's Batman Returns.

In the chaotic universe of DC superheroes, we are hearing that Michael Keaton might return as Batman in the studio's upcoming The Flash movie, reported The Hollywood Reporter. Keaton famously played Gotham’s vigilante in Tim Burton’s Batman movies from the ‘90s and currently is in talks to reprise the role along with the fastest man on Earth Barry Allen. The source also stated that Keaton could reprise the role in “several other DC-oriented film projects." 



The Flash is going to be directed by IT film-maker Andy Muschietti after Rick Famuyiwa left the project in 2016. The plot is said to be absolutely different from the two Joel Schumacher Batman films and continue on after Batman Returns. The events of the movie will be based on the 2011 comic Flashpoint that sees Barry Allen traveling back in time to save his mother. 



Ezra Miller’s Flash made his big debut in Justice League where we saw Ben Affleck playing the role of Batman. But this begs the question, how can the same Flash meet two different Batman? One of the possibilities here is time travel. When Barry Allen traveled back in time to save his mother, Justice League didn't exist. So Keaton playing the role of an older, possibly wiser, Bruce Wayne would make complete sense. 



This news comes in toes with the release of Zack Snyder's announcement that he is working on a longer cut of Justice League that will premier on HBO Max. The next DC film to release is Wonder Woman 1984 in October. 



Even if Keaton officially accepts the role of the caped crusader, he won't be the only actor playing the role in the greater DC live-action universe. Robert Pattinson is currently in the middle of the production of a standalone Batman movie directed by Matt Reeves. His version of the Dark Knight will be younger than that of Affleck, and will not be a part of greater DC Extended Universe that includes movies like Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Wonder Women, Aquaman. 



In many ways, Matt Reeves' Batman will be similar to Todd Philips' The Joker which saw Joaquin Phoenix delivering an outstanding performance where he played the role of the clown prince in a completely standalone movie.



We don't know yet if the talks will result in something positive, but if they do, we might get to know in a few months' time. DC Comics’ upcoming FanFare event is scheduled for August 22 and will most likely include new details on The Flash. 



At the time of the release, the 1989 Michael Keaton starring Batman movie was a critical and financial success and earned more than $400 million in the global box office. In fact, the movie was so successful that it was fifth-highest-grossing film in history at the time of its release. To score the role of Batman, Keaton had to compete with some other big names of the industry like Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, Charlie Sheen, Tom Selleck, Bill Murray, Harrison Ford, and Dennis Quaid. Keaton is also rumored to reprise his role as Spider-Man villain Vulture in Sony’s Morbius.

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