Michael Keaton could be back as Batman…but he could have a sizable role going forward.
I have to admit, DC is doing some pretty interesting things. No, their world isn’t as cohesive and acclaimed as the MCU, but it is unique. Thanks to the Arrowverse crossover last year, we now know that EVERY SINGLE PROJECT created in the franchise’s history is a part of their universe. There are an infinite number of Earths, and those infinite number of Earths are the respective homes of each iteration of the franchise. For better or worse, this is the path they’ve chosen.
As you likely have heard already, they plan to lean heavily into that for the upcoming Flashpoint adaptation, starring Ezra Miller. We reported earlier today that Michael Keaton, star of Tim Burton’s two Batman films, was in talks to join the film. This would pretty much seal the idea that every DC project is connected in some way. But the rumors don’t end right there.
Scooper Daniel Richtman has slightly embellished on the news story. He states that Keaton won’t just appear, but will “replace Ben Affleck as the DCEU’s Batman” and will “co-star in Flashpoint.”
Correction; In early talks* (via @DEADLINE)
So still a chance this might not happen.
Would you like to see Keaton back in the role for the DCEU? https://t.co/TdZuStkZSU
— Daniel Richtman #BlackLivesMatter (@DanielRPK) June 22, 2020
So, this means two things. One, that he will have a sizable role in the film. It won’t just be a pop-in but an actual pivotal role that warrants a “co-starring” drop. Two, that we will likely see him in the future. After all, you can’t “replace” Ben Affleck in the DCEU if you aren’t…replacing Ben Affleck in the DCEU.
But, if this is the case…what does that mean? I daresay this would bode for big things in the future. Namely, we could very well get a Batman Beyond adaptation. Obviously, things have changed a lot over the years, but I do know that Warner Bros. was at least mulling around the idea of a Batman Beyond adaptation. Even when they cast Ben Affleck, they didn’t plan on keeping him around as the Caped Crusader for more than a handful of movies. From there, a transition into Batman Beyond was being tossed around.
Of course, this is all still up in the air. Richtman himself says they are still in early talks with Keaton, but if it goes through, this could be a huge get for the DCEU. How do you feel about Michael Keaton replacing Ben Affleck as Batman in the universe? Sound off in the comments down below!
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SOURCE: Daniel Richtman