Michael Keaton kicked off Batman as we know it with the theatrical release of Tim Burton's Batman in 1989. After two outings, the actor departed from the role, but Keaton is back for Warner Bros’ The Flash.
While the actor was set to return as the Dark Knight, the UK's awful handling of COVID-19 almost ruined it for everyone. However, the actor is now officially tied to the project at an older, experienced Caped Crusader.
Is Michael Keaton returning as Batman?
The return of Michael Keaton has been a known part of The Flash for months now. Unfortunately, the actor's wariness of COVID-19 made the original Batman's involvement rather touch and go for a while. Thankfully, just a few months later, Keaton is officially part of the movie's cast.
Reported by The Wrap, the actor’s talent agency (ICM) is confirming Keaton's involvement with the feature. Incidentally, that same outlet originally confirmed in an exclusive report that Keaton was planning on making a return.
In an interview with Deadline, Keaton revealed his thoughts about acting during the pandemic:
“To be be honest with you, you know what worries me more than anything about all this stuff? It’s COVID,” Keaton told Deadline. “I’m more concerned. I keep my eye more on the COVID situation in the UK than anything. That will determine everything, and so that’s why I’m living outside the city here on 17 acres, staying away from everybody, because the COVID thing has got me really concerned. So, that’s my first thing about all projects. I look at it and go, is this thing going to kill me, literally? And you know, if it doesn’t, then we talk.”
Will the actor return in other DC movies?
Michael Keaton's full story in The Flash hasn’t been completely spoiled at the time of writing. As such, there's no knowing if the character makes it through the events of the movie. On the brighter side, rumours are claiming that there is hope for more Keaton action in the future.
One rumour claims Warner Bros is beginning to plan out a Batman Beyond movie with an older Keaton. While not confirmed, the studio is allegedly eyeing up Denis Villeneuve as director due to their experience with the Blade Runner franchise.
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