It was recently confirmed that Michael Keaton will indeed reprise his iconic role as Batman in the forthcoming Flash film in the DC Extended Universe. Now at today’s DC FanDome event director Andy Muschietti, producer Barbara Muschietti, screenwriter Christina Hodson and star Ezra Miller revealed concept art showing the new Flash costume as well as Keaton returning as The Dark Knight!
Ben Affleck is also set to appear in the film as once again as Batman. In addition to The Flash, Affleck will be seen in the role in a slightly different fashion with the notorious Zack Snyder’s Justice League, an extended and tonally different cut of the team-up blockbuster that is set to premiere on HBO Max sometime next year.
Michael Keaton first took on the cowl in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, which proved a critical and commercial hit and helped pave the way for the comic book genre’s future box office domination. and his performance has largely been considered one of the best iterations of the character, despite initial hesitation from fans. He would return to the role in 1992’s Batman Returns with Burton directing, and after the financial success and continued positive reviews, the studio began development on a third installment, though quit after Burton was pushed out and replaced with Joel Schumacher, who would go on to direct Val Kilmer in Batman Forever and George Clooney in Batman & Robin.
Warner Bros. first revealed that their Flash film would be inspired by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s Flashpoint comic as early as 2017, with the studio even going so far as to change the movie’s title to Flashpoint for a while before reverting it back to simply The Flash.
The Flash is scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 1, 2022.