Batman, Michael Keaton talks about his big comeback

Batman, Michael Keaton talks about his big comeback


The Flash by Andy Muschietti will see the presence of not one, but two different versions of Batman: the first is that of Ben Affleck, admired on the big screen starting from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, followed by the decidedly more awaited version of Michael Keaton, again in the role of the Dark Knight after almost 30 years of absence. In fact, Keaton played the character in Batman and Batman: The Return (here on special offer), released respectively in 1989 and 1992 thanks to the visionary genius of director Tim Burton. Now, the now 69-year-old actor has talked about the excitement of returning as Batman, after all these years.

Although the first photos from the filming set showed Keaton only in the shoes by billionaire Bruce Wayne, fans are eagerly awaiting the moment when they see him again wearing the armor of the hero of Gotham City. During a new interview with Jake Hamilton of Good Day Chicago (here the original news), Keaton talked about wearing the cape and hood again and the feeling he had experienced years after the last time. The actor stated that wearing the Batman costume again was absolutely normal for him, almost like getting on a bicycle after a long time. Keaton has not confirmed in any case that he has already uttered his iconic phrase "I'm Batman" in the film, but it is very likely that this will happen.

Flash, played again by actor Ezra Miller, will visit Keaton's Gotham after traveling in what promises to be a true Multiverse. The cast of Muschietti's film also includes Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, as well as Maribel Verdú (Nora), Ron Livingston (Henry Allen), Ian Loh (Barry as a young man), Saroise-Monica Jackson and Rudy Mancuso. Based on a script written by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee and Birds of Prey and Harley Quinn's phantasmagoric rebirth) The Flash is slated to hit US theaters June 3, 2022.

How Michael Keaton Felt Suiting Up As Batman Again For The Flash Movie

Published: Aug. 11. 2021 6:33 AM

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After a year of uncertainty, the DC Extended Universe is expanding through a number of highly anticipated projects. One of these blockbusters is Andy Muschietti’s Flash movie, which will finally give Ezra Miller’s title character the center stage. The mysterious project will also see Michael Keaton reprising his role as Batman, with the beloved actor recently revealing how it felt suiting back up in the cape and cowl.

Michael Keaton starred in Tim Burton’s original pair of Batman movies, eventually leaving the role and making way for Val Kilmer to lead Batman Forever. Moviegoers are thrilled to learn that Keaton would be back as Gotham’s Protector, and the Birdman actor recently shared what it was like suiting back up. In his words,

It was shockingly… normal. It was weird. And I went, ‘Oh, oh yeah, that’s right.’ But also then you start to play the scenes. A lot of memories, a lot of really interesting sense memories actually.

Well, I’m intrigued. Despite the discomfort that comes with Batman’s cowl, it seems that playing the Dark Knight was like riding a bike for Michael Keaton. What’s more, memories from decades ago are coming back to him while working on The Flash.

Michael Keaton’s comments come from a recent conversation he had with ReelBlend co-host Jake Hamilton about his new release The Protege. Eventually the conversation turned to his upcoming debut in the DC Extended Universe, and the highly anticipated return of his Batman. And while not actually revealing anything about the contents of Andy Muschietti’s Flash movie, it seems that Keaton is enjoying himself while stepping back into the role of Bruce Wayne years later.

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While it’s unclear exactly how Michael Keaton’s Batman will factor into the story of The Flash, he’s not the only version of Bruce Wayne expected to appear. Ben Affleck will also be returning as the DCEU’s Batman, which seemingly hints at Barry Allen traveling through the multiverse. Add in the introduction of Supergirl, and it seems like the story could go seemingly anywhere.

Michael Keaton’s inclusion in The Flash definitely blew the minds of moviegoers, and has helped buoy anticipation as Ezra Miller’s solo movie finally comes together. The project might have been stuck in development hell for years, but it’s finally coming together. And for Keaton, returning to Bruce Wayne/ Batman doesn’t sound all that bad.

The Flash is currently expected to arrive in theaters on November 4th, 2022. In the meantime, check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.

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    Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.