Thursday, June 25, 2020

Michael Keaton in Talks to Return as Batman for FLASH Movie

Michael Keaton in Talks to Return as Batman for FLASH Movie
Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton, the star of Tim Burton's popular films "Batman" (1989) and "Batman Returns" (1992), is in talks to reprise the iconic role for Warner Bros' DC movie "The Flash". The film will be directed by "It" helmer Andy Muschietti from a script by Christina Hodson ("Birds of Prey").

Ezra Miller is on board to star as Barry Allen, a role he previously played in Zack Snyder's "Justice League". The story, inspired by the 2011 DC Comics crossover event "Flashpoint", finds Barry Allen going back in time to prevent the death of his mother, which results in the creation of an alternate universe protected by an older Batman (Keaton).

The plot will introduce the DC Comics concept of the multiverse, which includes alternate universes with different versions of the same characters. For DC Comics, the multiverse was a convenient way of dealing with the company's revisions of characters throught their history, and it should also serve the DC Extended Universe just fine whenever recasting or rebooting is required.

If the deal goes through, Keaton's Batman will be featured in several other DC-oriented film projects in a way similar to Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a mentor, guide, perhaps even a "string-puller". He will also appear in "Batgirl", another project in development at Warner Bros. This Batman will have nothing to do with Matt Reeves' upcoming "The Batman", which stars Robert Pattinson in the lead role and is said to be similar to the "Joker" standalone movie.

"Flash" is scheduled to begin production in London next Spring.


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