Michael Keaton Confirmed To Be Returning As Batman For The Flash Movie
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After much speculation, Michael Keaton has been confirmed to be returning as Batman.
The actor portrayed the Caped Crusader in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), two high grossing titles from the increasingly long list of superhero movies.
But after nearly three decades away from the character, Keaton is set to put on the Batsuit again - not in a new Batman outing, but in forthcoming DC movie The Flash, which started filming in London this week.
Keaton recently hinted he would join the project but said it would all depend on how the coronavirus pandemic was tracking.
He said: "To be honest with you, you know what worries me more than anything about all this stuff? It's Covid.
"I'm more concerned. 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."
The Flash will form the latest part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) franchise, which also incorporates Aquaman, Wonder Woman and more.
It will star Ezra Miller as The Flash, and is likely to introduce audiences to the idea of the DC multiverse, a concept which allows multiple stories to play out in different timelines or spaces, yet still be linked.
The idea of a multiverse has already been set up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Avengers: Endgame introducing multiple versions of characters from different timelines.
How it will be done in The Flash is anyone's guess but Keaton won't be alone. Vanity Fair reported last year that Ben Affleck will be reprising his Batman role for the movie.
There's no word on whether the likes of fellow Batman actors Christian Bale or George Clooney will be jumping on board, so we'll have to wait and see.