Michael Keaton Is Not The Only ‘Batman’ Star the DCEU Reportedly Wants to Bring Back
DC Comics shocked fans with the news that Michael Keaton is returning to play Batman in the DCEU. The actor is reportedly in talks to reprise the iconic role in the upcoming film, The Flash. DC has not confirmed that Keaton is returning, but inside sources claim that he isn’t the only Batman star the studio wants to bring back to the DC Extended Universe. Who else might be joining Keaton in Ezra Miller’s upcoming movie?
Michael Keaton close to reaching a deal with DC
It has been close to 30 years since Keaton played the caped crusader in Tim Burton’s Batman, yet the actor is reportedly considering reprising the role in the DCEU. According to The Wrap, Keaton is in negotiations to play an older Bruce Wayne in The Flash, starring opposite Miller.
Keaton is reportedly in the early stages of talks, so there is a chance that the deal falls through. Unfortunately, DC has not revealed too many details about the project, but we do know that the main plot will revolve around the concept of the multiverse.
DC has already explored the multiverse in The CW’s Arrowverse. During the latest crossover event, fans learned that the superheroes in Supergirl and Black Lightning exist in different universes from the characters in Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash.
In the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, DC confirmed that films like Justice League and Wonder Woman are also a part of this shared multiverse. In fact, Miller’s version of the classic speedster enjoyed a brief appearance alongside Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen.
Fans also caught a glimpse of Burton’s Gotham City, which was a major teaser that Keaton is coming back as Batman.
This ‘Batman’ star might also return alongside Keaton
Following the news about Keaton, it was only a matter of time before we heard about other Batman stars who might appear in The Flash as well. After all, if DC is bringing back Keaton, why not reach out to some of his former co-stars as well?
With that in mind, an inside source told We Got This Covered that Michelle Pfeiffer is also in talks about playing Catwoman in The Flash. Details about Pfeiffer’s involvement have been slim, but there is no doubt that fans would love to see her back in action.
Pfeiffer played Catwoman in Batman Returns, Keaton’s second outing as Batman. The movie was met with mixed reviews, but fans genuinely loved Pfeiffer’s portrayal of the character and her commitment to the part.
Catwoman seemingly died at the end of the movie, though the final scene proved that she had survived. Following the film’s release, there was some talk about Pfeiffer having her own spin-off, but that project never got off the ground.
Pfeiffer and Keaton have not commented about the rumors surrounding their return to the DCEU.
What about Michael Keaton’s role in the MCU?
While the news about Keaton (and Pfeiffer) is certainly exciting, some fans are wondering what will become of his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Keaton played the part of Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. Vulture, in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Vulture was placed in prison at the end of Homecoming but there has been a lot of talk about the character returning in Spider-Man 3. Some fans believe that Vulture will play an important role in setting up the next villain in the film, though Marvel has yet to confirm Keaton’s involvement.
If Keaton agrees to return as Batman, the filming schedules for The Flash and Spider-Man 3 could clash. If that happens, it is possible that Keaton appears in one project but not the other.
At this point, it is too early to tell what is going to happen with Keaton and the DCEU, but there is still plenty of time for the studio to figure things out.
The Flash is currently scheduled to premiere in theaters in 2022.