Keaton Returns To The Cowl
Michael Keaton is in talks to return to Batman. News broke on Monday in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety that Warner Brothers reached out to the actor. According to reports, Keaton would return to his most famous role for the Flash movie, starring Ezra Miller. This would be a much older version of the same character he played in 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns. He would also be the third Batman in the same DC Universe, along with Ben Affleck and Robert Pattinson. This would be a return to the role after a thirty-year absence. Since then, he has parodied it in Birdman, and jumped ship to Marvel as Vulture for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Old Man Bruce
According to THR, this version of Batman would be more than just a glorified cameo:
If a deal makes, 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.
Warner Brothers had no comment.
Flashpoint And Crisis, Revisited
While Flashpoint was cited as a major influence on earlier drafts, things seem to have changed. While it will involve Miller’s Flash going into alternate timelines, it also seems he will also go into other Earths. This was hinted at in last year’s Crisis On Infinite Earths television event, when Miller made a surprise cameo.
The film might serve as a quasi reboot or retcon to tighten up the DCEU. With Keaton’s Batman running around and pulling strings, it might lead to a stronger DC Film Universe, as well as explain any recasting after the Flash film debuts.
Word of the Nerd will keep an eye on this developing story.