We previously learned that Michael Keaton would be donning the cape and cowl again as part of Andy Muschietti’s new Flash film, which will introduce the concept of a multi-verse involving multiple Batmen. The New York Times’ Brooks Barnes (who recently gave us that interview with DC Films president Walter Hamada) has now confirmed that Keaton isn’t only returning in a one-shot cameo role, but that he’ll be starring as the Dark Knight in a new “saga” of films for Warner Bros.
“To make all the story lines work, DC Films will introduce movie audiences to a comics concept known as the multiverse: parallel worlds where different versions of the same character exist simultaneously,” Barnes reported in his original article. “Coming up, for instance, Warner Bros. will have two different film sagas involving Batman — played by two different actors — running at the same time.”
A fan asked Barnes to clarify whether this meant Warner Bros. would be hiring someone in addition to Robert Pattinson, who’ll be starring as the caped crusader in Matt Reeves’ The Batman (2022), but he revealed that the other actor being discussed was none other than Michael Keaton. The verbiage indicates that the aging actor has signed on for at least a trilogy of new films that would most likely delve into Batman Beyond territory.
Conversely, we are seeing conflicting reports as to whether Ben Affleck will continue playing Batman after his appearance in Muschietti’s Flash film. Some are suggesting that he has already exited the DC Universe and will no longer be in it.
Keaton— Brooks Barnes (@brooksbarnesNYT) January 2, 2021
Sad News. Walter Hamada has confirmed that Ben Affleck is exiting the DC Universe, & the main Batman in the DCEU will be Michael Keaton.— DR Movie News 📽 (@DRMovieNews1) January 4, 2021
It’s unclear if Affleck will still appear in ‘The Flash’ (2022) as previously reported. Pattinson remains standalone in Matt Reeves’ universe. pic.twitter.com/RjmbcIjsx9