DC followers are nonetheless reeling from the information that Michael Keaton is in talks to reprise his function as Batman in a number of DCEU motion pictures, starting with The Flash’s first solo outing in 2022. For a lot of, these stories got here utterly out of the blue, however the seeds for Keaton’s return to the cape and cowl have truly been sown on the small display already.
As ScreenRant rightly factors out, the Arrowverse paved the best way for Tim Burton’s model of the Caped Crusader to make a comeback when it tailored the Disaster on Infinite Earths occasion. Taking its cues from the comedian e book storyline of the identical identify, the epic crossover constructed bridges between DC’s motion pictures and TV reveals by revealing them to be a part of the identical realm, unfold out throughout a number of Earths.
Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen, after all, briefly crossed paths with Grant Gustin’s model of the identical character to substantiate that the DCEU is one in all stated a number of Earths, and Burton’s Batman universe was additionally revealed as a part of the nexus. The Gotham Metropolis that Keaton’s Darkish Knight inhabited – known as Earth-89 within the Arrowverse – was glimpsed throughout half one in all “Disaster,” although Robert Wuhl’s Alexander Knox was the one character from these motion pictures to make a cameo look. That stated, a quick shot of the Bat-Sign was sufficient to substantiate that Keaton’s Batman continues to be very a lot at giant within the multiverse canon.
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If Keaton does signal as much as reprise his function, it’s unclear precisely how he’ll function in The Flash. Experiences recommend that the Scarlet Speedster’s solo pic can be an adaptation of DC’s Flashpoint occasion, however that featured the Thomas Wayne model of Bats for probably the most half. Maybe it is going to find yourself being a unfastened adaptation of the supply materials, then, with Keaton’s much-aged Bruce Wayne written right into a distinguished function. This may very well be dangerous information for Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who performed Wayne Senior in Batman V Superman, because the Strolling Lifeless star has expressed curiosity in suiting up as Flashpoint‘s Batman previously.
In any case, DC, with the assistance of The CW, has already accomplished the groundwork for Keaton’s Batman return and the institution of a multiverse comprising its film and TV properties. And we are able to count on to listen to extra about how these ideas can be expanded on when particulars about The Flash are revealed on the FanDome occasion in August.