Okay, this is pretty fucking wild and unexpected.
After nearly 30 years, Michael Keaton is in talks to return to the role of Batman, to appear alongside Ezra Miller in Warner Bros.’ upcoming movie “The Flash,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Talks with Keaton are in the very early stages, it is far from a sure thing, and can go either way. No details are currently available about how big or small Keaton’s role is.
That plot will introduce general audiences to the idea of the multiverse, one of the of core concepts underpinning DC Comics. For the non fanboy set, the multiverse refers to a shifting number of alternate universes that coexist within the larger reality depicted in DC comics. Originally created to explain various contradictory changes the company’s characters experienced over decades, it allows several different versions of the same characters to simultaneously exist and, occasionally, interact. Matt Reeves upcoming “The Batman” will not be affected and Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne is still viewed as the future of the franchise. (via The Wrap)
This is pretty shocking, but also just fantastic news.
The more DC tried to be like Marvel and the MCU, the worse things got. Re-setting their lineup with one-off movies such as 'JOKER' or a unique vision with 'The Batman' is the way to go. Getting weird with a movie like 'The Flash', where alternate dimensions, realities, and characters are possible is such a cool move.
Adam West is the original Batman, but when it comes to the big screen, Michael Keaton really changed the game for superheroes and comic book movies.
Keaton was able to play both a great Batman and Bruce Wayne, and that is the key to making the character work.
I actually liked Ben Affleck in the role, but he never really crushed the Bruce Wayne side of things. If this means that Michael Keaton is the DCEU's Batman when it comes to crossovers (remember, the Pattinson character is the younger version of the character and a standalone franchise), then I am totally on board.
We actually, oddly enough, did a throwback review of 'Batman' (1989) on Lights, Camera, Barstool yesterday.
What do you think of the news?