What Michael Keaton's rumored return as Batman in The Flash means for the DCEU

Filmmaker Andy Muschietti’s upcoming DC movie starring the current Ezra Miller incarnation of The Flash will feature Batman, but not Ben Affleck or Robert Pattinson’s versions. Michael Keaton himself, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is presently in talks to reprise the role.

Not only that, but those talks include the possibility that Keaton would appear in multiple upcoming DC Expanded Universe films as a kind of influencer, something akin to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Keaton’s Batman could lend a helping hand in a Batgirl movie, or maybe even a live-action incarnation of the futuristic animates series Batman Beyond.

What would all that mean for the DCEU exactly? We don’t know for sure, but Keaton’s potential involvement does raise a lot more questions than it answers. For one, how will Michael Keaton’s Batman relate to Robert Pattinson or Ben Affleck’s Batman? Is Keaton’s Batman the older version of one of those Bruce Waynes, or is he something else entirely?

The Flash film is, so far as we know, drawing inspiration from the Flashpoint comic series, which deals with branching alternate timelines, not unlike the CW’s Arrowverse, which was forever altered with the recent Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. There have been rumors that Batman v Superman‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan may return as an alternate Flashpoint universe incarnation of Batman in the form of Thomas Wayne. Maybe Michael Keaton will be yet another version to add to the pile.

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