Could Michael Keaton really return as Batman

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There have been a lot of rumours going around regarding the future of DC movies. It seems like the brains at WB have realised they haven’t been able to move forward on a lot of DC movies not due to there not being any ideas, but the fact there are too many ideas and they don’t know which path to go down. By Now we should have had another Man of Steel movie, maybe a third with Henry Cavil. Another Justice League movie again, maybe even a third. Cyborg and the Flash could have had their own movies too. Thats just going off what was planned but hadn’t come to be.

The biggest news / major rumour recently has been that Michael Keaton is in early talks to return as Batman. At the moment there hasn’t been any official news or any reliable named source for the news but it’s totally possible. Also even if it was a rumour, the fact it’s gotten so much hype and traction over the last week or so it would have caught the eye of someone at WB who’s made calls to see if they can make it happen.

What would it mean for the movies?

  • He’d be an older probably retired Batman maybe similar to Frank Millers which it seemed they tried to base Ben Afflecks on, or maybe a Batman Beyond type Bruce Wayne.
  • Would we see characters like Michelle Pfeiffer’s version of Catwoman return to the cinema as a supporting character.
  • Would it be side by side with Afflecks Batman
  • We wouldn’t even know if it would be a big part, his own movie or more then likely a 30 second cameo as all the universes get destroyed in Crisis or Flashpoint.

What would stop it from happening?

I think the fans would love Keaton to return as Batman but there are a few things that would prevent it.

  • Keaton has played the Vulture in Spider-man as has been rumoured to be returning to the role, it’s possible that he would be under contract with Marvel/Sony to only be in one comic book franchise at a time. Although we do see actors often play DC and Marvel characters like Ryan Reynolds being in Blade, Green Lantern and Deadpool. Actors usually switch franchises when one is pretty much dead for them with no hope to return. With a potential open slot for him to return in a future Spiderman movie, it might stop him playing Batman for the time being.
  • The rumours have said Keaton would be in a multi film role much like Nick Fury was in the Avengers. I don’t think DC/WB have the commitment or vision at the moment to commit to anything movie wise. Like I said before they haver had numerous movie projects which looked solid and even had parts filmed just not materialise.
  • There was a strong rumour recently DC/WB were thinking of moving in a whole different direction for the Flash movie, even with talks of replacing Ezra. Miller recently due to that video of him choking a fan. If the movie company are still considering who the leading actor will be, I’m sure they won’t be committing to any supporting characters.

Overall I’d love to see Michael Keaton return for another Batman movie but at the moment I wouldn’t put any money on it happening. They still need to confirm if Jeffery Dean Morgan will return as Thomas Wayne/Batman.  Hopefully I’m wrong this time but only time will tell.

Posted by Adi Mursec on June 27, 2020

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