Michael Keaton is in talks to reprise his function as Batman in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Flash film, in response to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.
Keaton starred as Bruce Wayne and the Dark Knight in Tim Burton’s two Batman movies: 1989’s Batman and the 1992 sequel, Batman Returns. Actors Val Kilmer and George Clooney took over for Keaton, a controversial casting selection for the Caped Crusader on the time, for subsequent Batman movies. Keaton later went on to play Birdman in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film of the identical title, and the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Warner Bros.’ stand-alone Flash film is predicted to star Ezra Miller because the Scarlet Speedster, and will probably be reportedly primarily based on the superhero’s Flashpoint story arc.
Flashpoint is a reputation that’s notorious amongst DC Comics followers: The alternate timeline story arc set the stage for the corporate’s 2011 reboot, generally known as the New 52. But story-wise, it has some attention-grabbing implications for which Batman Keaton could be taking part in. The Flashpoint miniseries largely occurred in an alternate timeline of the DC Universe, one which the Flash had by accident created by making an attempt to journey again in time and cease the villainous Eobard Thawne from murdering his mom (this can sound acquainted to followers of the CW’s Flash TV collection).
In that alternate timeline, nearly each superhero within the DC Universe was very completely different, together with Batman. In the Flashpoint timeline, the mugger within the alleyway killed younger Bruce Wayne however left his dad and mom alive. In her grief, Martha Wayne suffered a nervous breakdown and have become the Flashpoint model of the Joker, whereas Thomas Wayne turned that timeline’s Batman. So it’s solely potential that Keaton will probably be reprising his function as Batman, however as an older Thomas Wayne, somewhat than Bruce.
The Hollywood Reporter signifies that Keaton’s function within the Flash film could also be corresponding to Samuel L. Jackson’s function as Nick Fury within the Marvel Cinematic Universe: an influential and necessary character that can cross paths with a number of heroes.
Warner Bros. has one other Batman movie within the works with director Matt Reeves, who’s helming The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson.