What The Hell Is Going On?
Contrary to recent reports, Michael Keaton has not been confirmed to reprise his role in multiple new Batman movies… well, not yet.
New York Times reporter Brooks Barnes has offered some clarity on the ongoing wave of Keaton/Batman hype, which was spawned by his recently published feature on Walter Hamada of DC Films.
As LMO reported during the summer, Keaton was in talks to once again appear as the character in an upcoming The Flash movie. In The Times piece in question, the character’s future is mentioned multiple times, including a bit about two iterations running simultaneously –
“Coming up, for instance, Warner Bros. will have two different film sagas involving Batman—played by two different actors—running at the same time.”
The universe-linking The Flash, meanwhile, is set for a 2022 release and will indeed feature two Caped Crusaders: Ben Affleck and Keaton. As you’ve surely seen as of late, a follow-up tweet from Barnes quickly inspired a number of articles positing Keaton as the new main DCEU Batman –
— Brooks Barnes (@brooksbarnesNYT) January 2, 2021
A few days later, however, Barnes made a point to clarify that he was only referring to The Flash and –
“not a set of his own Batman films.”
Been offline (moving apartments) and return to see this Michael Keaton craziness. I was referring to the *one film* that Keaton has been announced as being in, not a set of his own Batman films. If I had info on him beyond "The Flash," I would have obviously put it in my article
— Brooks Barnes (@brooksbarnesNYT) January 5, 2021
Separate from the DCEU confusion in question, notably, is Robert Pattinson’s upcoming take on the character in Matt Reeves’ much-anticipated The Batman.
In summary, we can expect Keaton as Batman in The Flash. We shouldn’t, however, expect Keaton to embark on a multiple-film return to the character.