Earlier this week, a rumor started circulating within all the major comic news outlets claiming that Michael Keaton has signed a multi-picture deal to reprise this roll of Batman, specifically the same Batman that appeared in 1989’s “Batman” and 1992’s “Batman Returns,” ignoring the 2 films made by the late director Joel Schumacher.
These rumors should be taken with a massive grain of salt, but just for fun, I’m going to go through the most common rumors. It originally broke that Michael Keaton was returning as Batman in the upcoming Flash solo movie staring Ezra Miller. This film is to be loosely based on “Flashpoint”, a story in which Barry Allen alters the DC timeline by saving his mother from dying, which causes the entire damn universe to fall apart. One of the larger changes made in the flashpoint timeline is that Thomas and Martha Wayne survive, and Bruce dies. The rumor states that alongside this, The Flash will also create a timeline in which Michael Keaton’s Batman has been protecting Gotham for the past thirty years.
The rumor also states that after the solo Flash movie, Michael Keaton would become the main line DCEU Batman, replacing Ben Affleck, and running alongside the upcoming Robert Pattinson lead trilogy. This is the part I believe the least, but I digress. The claim is that Michael Keaton has signed a similar deal to the deal Samuel L. Jackson’s MCU deal. He would appear in a limited capacity in several upcoming films.
All of this is meant to build to a Batman Beyond adaptation. I would love to see this, but I think an adaptation of the classic Frank Miller story “The Dark Knight Returns” would be much better. The main reason being, I don’t really think Michael Keaton is old enough for Batman Beyond. In Batman Beyond, Bruce Wayne can hardly even walk, while Michael Keaton still occasionally does action movies. In the future, a Batman Beyond adaptation would be amazing, but for now, in the shape Michael Keaton is in, I think trying to get a Dark Knight Returns film would be much better. It has been about the correct amount of time in between movies for the Dark Knight Returns, it just makes the most sense to me and I don’t understand why no one else is talking about this.
I highly doubt any of this is true, and I will until an official announcement is made. If one is, it will likely be made at the DC Fandome event in August. I would be very shocked, and very excited, if this turns out to be true. But for now, I’ll just treat it as any other rumor, probably a lie to get my hopes up because the internet is evil.