Michael Keaton Won’t Confirm Rumours About Returning As Batman In "The Flash"

Numerous reports have stated that Michael Keaton will reprise his Batman role in the upcoming 2022 blockbuster, The Flash, which will star Ezra Miller as the title character.

Ben Affleck, who played the DC Comics hero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), will reprise his role in The Flash.

Keaton last portrayed the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992). Are we really going to see Keaton return 30 years after his last Batman portrayal?

We’ll just have to wait and see, because he’s not willing to give any potential spoilers away.

Keaton addressed the reports during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live (h/t Adele Ankers of IGN). The 69-year-old stated he “couldn’t confirm anything,” but he did acknowledge that there have been talks about it.

“We’re having discussions, as they say,” Keaton said. “We’re talking about it. We’ll see if it happens.”

Keaton became the second actor to portray the Dark Knight in a live action film. Adam West, who starred in the iconic ’60s Batman television series, reprised his role in Batman: The Movie (1966).

Keaton first played Batman in the 1989 film by the same same (also directed by Burton). He turned down the chance to reprise the role for a third film, Batman Forever (1995), in which Joel Schumacher replaced Burton as the director. Keaton was offered $15 million to return as Batman.

Val Kilmer was cast as Keaton’s replacement for Batman Forever, but he decided to leave the franchise after doing the one film. Kilmer didn’t end up enjoying the role all that much, and he was replaced by George Clooney for the critically panned Batman & Robin (1997).

Robert Pattinson will soon become the seventh actor to portray the character in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, slated for a spring 2022 release. He’ll join the aforementioned West, Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney, Affleck and Christian Bale, who starred in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.

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