‘Batgirl’ Directors Tease A Batman Appearance, Won’t Say Which One

The Bat-family will be well represented at tomorrow’s DC FanDome event. Besides a trailer for The Batman, it’s possible we’ll get to see Michael Keaton as he return to the suit for an appearance in The Flash alongside Ben Affleck in what is expected to be his final time. And then there’s HBO Max film, Batgirl, which will star In the Heights‘ Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon, with JK Simmons reprising as Commissioner Gordon, confirming the film’s place in the DCEU. And according to that film’s directors, Batman himself will show up.

But which one? Speaking with Dutch outlet VRT News, directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah confirmed Batman will have a role in Batgirl, but wouldn’t say which one. Will it be Michael Keaton? Ben Affleck? Heck, they even teased Val Kilmer which is incredibly unlikely.

So what’s up here? Well, you might recall that Keaton has been rumored for an extended stay within the DCEU. Perhaps this is all part of that, and he’ll play a sort of mentor role to Batgirl as she finds her way as a hero in Gotham City.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.