This will lead to a Geekgasm if it happens. Today, there are rumors circulating that original Batman, Michael Keaton, is in talks with Warner Bros. about returning to the big screen as older Bruce Wayne in The Flash movie. Keaton first appeared in Tim Burton’s 1989 classic and then returned in 1992’s Batman Returns.
While the talks are said to be in the early stages, The Wrap along with The Hollywood Reporter and Variety say the Academy Award-nominated actor is being seriously considered to join Ezra Miller’s Flash.
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The report goes on to speculate that Keaton, who many regard as the one true “Batman,” may not just be up for this long-gestating production, but could become kind of a “Nick Fury” of the DCEU. Many will speculate, and rightfully hope, that this could lead to a Batman Beyond film. BB was an animated series which aired on the WB network in the 1990s. The Bruce Timm-Paul Dini story centered on a futuristic Batman, Terry McGinnis, and his mentor an older Bruce Wayne.
Someone who won’t be too pleased to hear this is the The Walking Dead’s and Supernatural’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The actor played Thomas Wayne in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. Morgan had hoped to return as Wayne in the new Flash film, as the character takes on the mantle of Batman in the Flashpoint storyline, which the film directed by Andy Muschietti is loosely based on.
Warner Bros. declined to comment on THR’s report. It is unclear what connection, if any, exists between this Keaton casting news and Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson in the title role.
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However, if The Flash introduces the idea of time travel and multiverses at TV’s Arrowverse has done, it is conceivable that multiple versions of Batman could exist. It could also explain how Joker fits in as well.
Ezra Miller’s The Flash movie was on schedule to begin production next month, but its start date will likely be delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Directed by Andy Muschietti from a script written by Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson, The Flash will be inspired by the Flashpoint storyline.
The Flashpoint comic book storyline, which was also an animated film, follows The Flash as he navigates an altered DC Universe populated by Thomas Wayne (Bruce’s dad) as Batman and Wonder Woman and Aquaman at war.
The Flash is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on July 1, 2022.
The Geek is a working screenwriter, director and screenwriting instructor.