More than 30 years after he first played the role, Michael Keaton is in talks to return as Batman for “The Flash” movie starring Ezra Miller…
More than 30 years after originally playing the role, Michael Keaton is in talks to return as Batman.
The veteran actor, who first portrayed Bruce Wayne and his alter ego in Tim Burton’s “Batman” in 1989, is currently in negotiations with Warner Bros. to make an appearance in “The Flash” movie starring Ezra Miller with Andy Muschietti (“It and “It: Chapter Two) directing.
While a deal isn’t done at this point, Keaton is reportedly in talks to return as Batman for “The Flash” and potentially more appearances in the DC Extended Universe.
Details surrounding “The Flash” movie remain under wraps but speculation has run wild that this version of the long rumored film will feature the Scarlet Speedster crossing over into the multiverse where he would encounter different versions of the same heroes on alternate Earths. There is also the possibility that “The Flash” could be doing a take on “Flashpoint” — an iconic comic book storyline written by Geoff Johns where Barry Allen changes the past and returns to a much different future than the one he left behind.
Finding a way to convince Keaton to return to play Batman again would be a huge get for DC and Warner Bros. after he left the role following 1992’s “Batman Returns.” Keaton had planned to return for the third sequel in the “Batman” series but after Tim Burton left the project, the multitude of script changes ultimately forced him to abandon the role.
He was later replaced by Val Kilmer.
While Keaton has stayed busy as an actor, he’s only made one more major appearance in a superhero film when he played the The Vulture in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Obviously, Keaton hasn’t agreed to return just yet but adding him to the cast of “The Flash” would certainly boost interest in a much maligned film that has gone through a number of directors and screenwriters over the past few years. The one constant has remained Miller, who portrayed Barry Allen/The Flash in “Justice League” while also committing to return for his own solo film.
“The Flash” movie is expected to get into production later this year.
H/T: The Wrap