The story of Michael Keaton's Batman will continue in "The Flash"

Michael Keaton will reprise his Batman role in Ezra Miller-starrer, "The Flash".
Michael Keaton will reprise his Batman role in Ezra Miller-starrer, "The Flash".

23 Jun – It's been almost three decades since Michael Keaton last portrayed Batman on the big screen, but looks like he will be donning the iconic cape and cowl again in an upcoming DC movie.

The 68-year-old is in talks to reprise the role for "The Flash", according to The Wrap. As the discussion is still in early stages, it is not confirmed yet how big his role in the movie will be.

Though it is noted that his appearance in it will not in any way interfere with Matt Reeves' version of the Caped Crusader's tale, the Robert Pattinson-starring "The Batman" that's opening in cinemas next year.

The inclusion of Keaton's Batman in the movie is to introduce the idea of the multiverse, which will explain how different versions of the same characters are able to exist simultaneously.

The Robert Pattinson-starring "The Batman" will not be affected by Keaton's Batman appearance "The Flash"
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In "The Flash", the titular superhero a.k.a. Barry Allen travels back in time to prevent his mother's death, inadvertently creating another universe that's protected by Keaton's Batman. As this Batman will be 30 years older since he was last seen on the big screen, the movie will explore what he has been up to since his appearance in 1992's "Batman Returns".

The story for the movie is loosely based on "Flashpoint", the 2011 DC Comics crossover event, and will disregard the two later entries after the abovementioned 1992 movie as those headed into a completely different direction. They also did not star Keaton as Batman and were not directed by Tim Burton, whose 1989 "Batman" was Keaton's debut as the superhero.

"The Flash" is scheduled to release in summer 2022. Ezra Miller is still attached to star as the titular superhero, despite the controversy he was embroiled in last April.

In related news in the comic book movie universe, Joel Schumacher, who took over from Burton as director for 1995's "Batman Forever" and 1997's "Batman & Robin", was reported to have passed away today at age 80.

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