The ball is officially rolling on Ezra Miller's The Flash feature film after years in development hell. The film is expected to introduce time travel and the multi-verse to the DCEU and may potentially draw from some of The Flash's most iconic comic storylines. Producers have also teased that The Flash film will serve as a "restart" for the entire DCEU.
Building on that, fans were incredibly excited to learn that Michael Keaton may be reprising his role as Batman in the film, alongside Ben Affleck's version of Batman.
Michael Keaton appeared on a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, as reported by ComicBook.com, during which he commented on his possible return as Batman. Kimmel asked Keaton whether he could confirm his appearance as Batman in The Flash, to which Keaton responded, "I can't confirm anything."
However, Keaton went on to tease that his appearance in The Flash was being discussed:
"So, we're having discussions as they say. We're talking about it. We'll see if that happens."
WHAT THIS MEANS
As Keaton reiterates, nothing has been officially confirmed regarding his return, but teases like this have been aplenty. Concept art for The Flash revealed at DC FanDome, showed Batman in an image with the Flash, which implies at least one Batman will be appearing in the movie. Which one, or whether there will be more than one, is still unconfirmed by Warner Bros, though director Andy Mushietti has briefly discussed Affleck's role as the Dark Knight in the Speedster flick.
It's clear that Michael Keaton isn't opposed to another superhero film, having appeared in Marvel's Spider-Man Homecoming, Birdman and two Batman films. So, it makes sense that he might jump at the chance to return to one of his most iconic roles. Whether Warner Bros. will look at bringing in any of the other actors who have played Batman, such as Val Kilmer or Christian Bale, is unclear, but would make for epic cameoes.
The Flash is said to be negotiating to bring back other DCEU characters, including Ray Fisher's Cyborg and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, which means the new film could serve as a reunion for many of the Justice League members. There has been renewed interest in Justice League recently, thanks to the upcoming release of Zack Snyder's directors cut, and in the absence of a second Justice League movie, The Flash film could be the perfect place to bring the gang back together.