Uh oh, could something terrible be about to happen to Michael Keaton’s Batman when he returns for The Flash? That was what director Andy Muschietti teased on Instagram, which gives a bloody look at the classic Batman costume that Keaton wore in the 1989 Tim Burton movie. I mean, it’s damn unmistakable!
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It’s still pretty wild to think that Keaton is back in the Bat-suit again. His return for The Flash was confirmed last year, although the actor decided to quibble about it for a while. We first saw a tease of the classic gear at DC Fandome, but this at leat gives us some context as to what this older mentor version of Bruce Wayne could be facing.
The slightly conspiratorial part of me also looks at this image and can’t help but see a resemblance to the iconic Watchmen logo. Since we know The Flash will be dealing with many alternate realities, I’m wondering if perhaps Batman will encounter someone from that Alan Moore classic. Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been begging to get back in the DCEU fold after playing Thomas Wayne years ago. Could he perhaps reprise his role as The Comedian? The Watchmen characters have been fully integrated into DC Comics thanks to the Doomsday Clock storyline, so if it were going to happen now would be the time.
The Flash opens November 4th 2022 and stars Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, Sasha Calle, Michael Keaton, Kiersey Clemons, Maribel Verdú, and Ron Livingston.