Deadline has confirmed that veteran actor Michael Keaton is in talks to return as the Dark Knight. That’s incredible news for caped crusader fans who grew up in the eighties and nineties, many of whom still consider Keaton to be the definitive silver-screen Batman.
What’s interesting is that this wouldn’t be a one-off, cameo appearance, but something that would stretch across multiple DCEU films, akin to Samuel L. Jackson’s role as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Keaton would essentially be the actor who binds the upcoming narrative together.
“Keaton would play Batman in a Nick Fury-like role starting with Warner Bros. The Flash starring Ezra Miller, and could continue to play the Dark Knight in other upcoming DC movies like Batgirl,” Deadline explained. “Reportedly, the Keaton Batman won’t impact the mythology being hammered out by Matt Reeves’ reboot The Batman starring Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, and it will pick up his story line after Batman Returns.”
One source told Deadline that this deal may not happen, but it seems too lucrative for Keaton to pass up. It’s not like he’s opposed to superhero films, anyway. Just three years ago, the actor donned mechanical wings for the Vulture role in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.