Michael Keaton, who starred in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, is in talks to play Batman in The Flash movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Andy Muschietti (IT films) will direct The Flash movie, to be produced by Barbara Muschietti and Michael Disco. Bumblebee and Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson was reportedly writing the script.
Ezra Miller, who played The Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, remains attached to lead the cast. The film is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2022.
THR adds there’s more to the deal than Keaton just playing Batman in The Flash. “If a deal makes, Keaton wouldn’t just return for Flash but possibly for several other DC-oriented film projects.”
They add: “Sources tell THR that the role being envisioned for the veteran actor is akin to the role played by Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something of a mentor or guide or even string puller. Batgirl is one the projects in development that could fall under that win.”
Michael Keaton received an Academy Award nomination for his lead role in Birdman followed by his acclaimed performance in Spotlight. Both films won the Academy Award for Best Picture back to back. Upcoming, Keaton will also appear in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, Sony’s Marvel action film Morbius and Martin Campbell’s action thriller The Asset.
Released in 1989, Batman grossed $411.6 million at the worldwide box office, with $251.3 million coming from North America and $160.2 million from overseas. It was followed in 1992 by Batman Returns, which earned $267.9 million globally.
Keaton stepped away from the role after Batman Returns. Bruce Wayne/Batman were played by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995) and by George Clooney in Batman & Robin (1997).
Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were directed by Joel Schumacher, who coincidentally passed away from cancer today, June 22, in New York City at the age of 80.
Of course, the Matt Reeves-directed The Batman is also in the works and will star Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman. That project is considered to be separate from the universe that The Flash movie will be in and also includes the Aquaman and Wonder Woman movies.