Reports of Michael Keaton leading the DCEU debunked… for now
A lot of confusion was created yesterday when New York Times writer Brooks Barnes clarified a point in a recent profile of DC Films president Walter Hamada where the DC exec stated there will be “two different film sagas involving Batman,” seemingly confirming on Twitter that the second, non-Robert Pattinson one would be led by Keaton.
Now Barnes is backtracking, blaming the confusion created on him currently “moving apartments”…
Been offline (moving apartments) and return to see this Michael Keaton craziness. I was referring to the *one film* that Keaton has been announced as being in, not a set of his own Batman films. If I had info on him beyond “The Flash,” I would have obviously put it in my article
— Brooks Barnes (@brooksbarnesNYT) January 5, 2021
With production set to begin on Warner Bros.’ standalone Flash movie in a few short months, it will certainly be an event to see Michael Keaton’s version of the Dark Knight make an appearance in the Andy Muschietti-directed film. However, Batman On Film is reporting that even though Keaton is only officially linked to one DCEU film right now, their sources state a series of pictures riffing on the Batman Beyond concept are in development, and that Affleck will in fact be transitioning out of the Batman role via The Flash. They also state that Keaton’s role will be a large one, with WB “essentially turning it into a Batman movie.” Whatever the case may be, having the 69 year-old Keaton play Batman in the DCEU continuity over several years may not be a viable thing, although a few separate films could work. If Affleck is indeed vacating the role for good and Pattinson will only appear in Matt Reeves’ planned The Batman trilogy, WB will need to find a suitable replacement if they are ever to have a cohesive cinematic universe rather than a series of filmmaker-driven solo films.
Production on The Flash is currently set to take place at Leavesden Studios in the United Kingdom in April. Currently, that studio is serving as the home of another highly-anticipated DC movie, The Batman. The Flash’s casting process is underway with Rich Delia and Kate Ringsell presiding. Delia isn’t a stranger to DC projects, having been the casting director on Shazam!, DC Universe’s Swamp Thing, and The CW’s Stargirl. Ringsell also worked as a casting associate on the original Wonder Woman movie.
So far, The Flash’s cast includes Ezra Miller as the title character, with Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck playing two alternate versions of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Additionally, Billy Crudup is reportedly set to reprise his Justice League role as Barry Allen’s father, Henry. However, Ray Fisher’s return as Cyborg seems very unlikely. Earlier today, Fisher said that he will not work with DC Films’ Walter Hamada.
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The Flash will hit theaters on November 4, 2022.
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