The Flash Director Teases Michael Keaton’s Classic Batman Suit
Andy Muschietti, director of the DCEU’s upcoming The Flash movie, has shared a new image teasing Michael Keaton’s return as Batman.
Muschietti threw the proverbial Bat-Signal up and summoned fans to his Instagram page on Friday when he posted a new photo to his grid, featured right alongside a bunch of previous set photos from The Flash, which officially entered production in April. The latest snap offers a glimpse of Keaton’s classic Batman suit, with a few drops of blood splashed across the iconic black and yellow chest symbol.
Muschietti shared the image without a caption, so details of Keaton’s role in The Flash remain sparse for now. He is, however, one of two Batmen scheduled to appear in the movie, with Ben Affleck also set to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne. Muschietti previously said Affleck would be responsible for delivering “a very substantial part of the emotional impact of the movie.”
Alongside Keaton and Affleck, the cast also includes Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Maribel Verdú as Allen’s mother Nora, and, reportedly, Ron Livingston as Allen’s father, replacing Billy Cudrup who played Allen’s dad in Justice League. Sasha Calle is also set to bring the Girl of Steel back to the big screen, as she’s been cast to play Supergirl in The Flash.
Touted as a version of the classic DC Flashpoint story, the story will apparently “restart everything” in the DC cinematic universe. “It’s going to be fun and exciting and there are a lot of DC characters in it,” said producer Barbara Muschietti. “Flash is the superhero of this film because he is the bridge between all of these characters and timelines. And in a way, it restarts everything and doesn’t forget anything.”
Meanwhile, Matt Reeves has been working on the next Batman solo film, which is said to start from scratch, with a story set in the second year of the caped crusader’s career. The movie is expected to form part of a trilogy, with the first installment starring Pattinson in the lead role alongside Jeffrey Wright’s Commissioner Gordon, Zoë Kravitz’ Catwoman, Paul Dano’s Riddler, and Colin Farrell’s Penguin.
The Batman was originally scheduled for release on June 25, 2021, but will now debut on March 4, 2022, due to the pandemic. The Flash is scheduled to arrive later in that same year, on November 4, 2022, after being pushed back from its original June 2022 release date. For more changes to the theatrical release calendar, take a look at our round-up of every film and show affected by COVID-19.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.
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