The rumours were true: Michael Keaton is officially set to reprise his role as Batman, nearly 30 years (30!) after he said goodbye to the cape and cowl in Tim Burton's Batman Returns.
Keaton played the dark knight detective for two films, 1989's Batman and the aforementioned Batman Returns. While the likes of George Clooney, Val Kilmer, and Christian Bale have since stepped into the leather boots, Keaton's intense and borderline unstable take on the character has remained a hit with fans over the years.
Great news, then, as we finally have officially confirmation that Keaton is back as the 1989 Batman in The Flash. We'd heard that the speedster's upcoming solo movie would be a multiverse-hopping adventure that included Ben Affleck's Batman as well as Keaton's caped crusader, and now we know for sure. This is terribly exciting news.
According to The Wrap, Keaton's talent agency has confirmed that after some COVID-related uncertainty around filming in the UK, the actor has agreed to take part in an adventure that will see The Flash hopping between realities and meeting different versions of the same heroes.
While Keaton's return had looked pretty certain well over a year ago, he cast doubt about his involvement back in March. In an interview with Deadline, he explained that the COVID situation in the UK (where The Flash has just started production) would inform his involvement with the project. Fair enough, really.
"I'm more concerned," he said. "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."
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go and dream of a world in which Jack Nicholson also comes back as Joker.
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