For those of you not fortunate enough to be a child of the ’80s/90’s like myself, Michael Keaton portrayed the caped crusader in 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns–and did a damn good job. Also, it’s worth noting that superhero screen adaptations weren’t nearly as prevalent or revered back when director Tim Burton kicked off the Batman film franchise. While there have definitely been some bumps along the way to where we’re at now, those movies proved to both Hollywood and general theater audiences that comic book movies could be really good.
But enough reminiscing about the movies of my youth…
According to Kit, Keaton’s role could possibly be much bigger than just one movie, stating:
If a deal makes [sic], Keaton wouldn’t just return for Flash but possibly for several other DC-oriented film projects. Sources tell THR that the role being envisioned for the veteran actor is akin to the role played by Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something of a mentor or guide or even string puller. Batgirl is one the projects in development that could fall under that win.
This would definitely reignite my interest in the DCU. I’m guessing it would do the same for plenty of others, too. When you combine this news with the upcoming release of the Justice League Synder Cut, Warner Bros’ previously moribund comic film franchise has the most buzz we’ve seen around it in a very long time.
The Flash starring Ezra Miller (and hopefully Michael Keaton) is currently slated for release on July 1, 2022.