Michael Keaton in Early Talks to Reprise Role as Batman


It’s been 31 years since Michael Keaton originally donned the black suit in Tim Burton’s Batman and now, he’s reportedly in talks to pick up the cowl once again — this time in Warner Bros. and DC Comic’s upcoming flick, The Flash.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ezra Miller (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) is pipped to play Barry Allen a.k.a The Flash and will be directed by It‘s Andy Muschietti. The outlet also reports that if Keaton signs on, it could mean a multi-film deal with spots in other DC-oriented projects.

Keaton, who is now 68-years-old, could serve as a mentor character to The Flash, and could also appear in the same vein, in the upcoming Batgirl.

When The Hollywood Reporter reached out to Warner Bros. on the rumours, they had no comment.

Batman has been a staple figure in the DC Universe, with eight films about the masked crusader already in the bag.

Keaton, who was mostly a comedic actor when he took the job in 1989, was a popular choice and returned in 1992 for Batman Returns.

Before his role as the chiselled crusader, Keaton played Beetlejuice, in the film of the same name, alongside Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek) and Christina Ricci (Z: The Beginning of Everything).

Most recently, Keaton — who was nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for his turn in Birdman — starred in Worth as Ken Feinberg and has four other projects in post and pre-production.

Following his run was Christian Bale, Ben Affleck and now Robert Pattinson, who will star alongside Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Paul Dano as The Riddler and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth in The Batman which will be released in June 2021.

Read more stories from TheLatch— and follow us on Facebook.