Michael Keaton, who starred as the Caped Crusader in the Tim Burton-directed early 1990s Batman movies, is in talks to reprise the character for Warner Bros.’s DC movie, The Flash.
Ezra Miller is on board to star as Barry Allen aka the Flash, in the feature directed by It filmmaker Andy Muschietti.
If a deal is made, Keaton would return for several other DC-oriented film projects. According to THR, the role being envisioned for the veteran actor is akin to the role played by Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The plan is to have The Flash act as a direct sequel to Batman Returns and borrow from the acclaimed 2011 crossover storyline “Flashpoint,” exploring what his version of Batman has been up to in the years since.
That plot will introduce 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.
Warner Bros. first revealed their Flash film would be inspired by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s “Flashpoint” comic.