We’ve all heard the news now. Michael Keaton is set to reprise his most iconic role as Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. He is in negotiations to return in the DC Extended Universe movie, The Flash.
Of course, the news itself is exciting – The Flash is rumoured to adapt the famous Flashpoint comic arc. The arc sees the Flash accidentally creating an alternate universe, in an attempt to save his mother’s life. Keaton’s return further solidifies that and suggest Barry Allen will break into the world of Tim Burton’s Batman movies, in the process.
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However you feel about Keaton donning the famous cape again, some people think it’s cause for concern.
Mainly, if Keaton is simply being used as a play on nostalgia, it could be bad news. The return of a character after thirty years is sure to draw in a big crowd, but the actual point of the character’s return might fall flat.
We’ve seen lots of it in recent years. Nostalgia has played a big part in resurrecting film franchises. Recently, Terminator: Dark Fate saw Linda Hamilton reprise her role as Sarah Connor for the first time since T2: Judgement Day. As fantastic as her performance was in the first two movies, Hamilton’s returning part was the main ploy for attracting an audience. And, unfortunately, her return didn’t help make the film a good one.
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If rumours are to be believed, DC has a big plan for Keaton in their upcoming universe. Rather than just an extended cameo, Keaton’s Batman is supposed to take on a similar role in the DCEU to that of Nick Fury in the MCU. If this were to be the case, it would definitely be a start on the right track for the character’s involvement in The Flash.
Also, if this were to be the case, that would leave two options. Either Keaton’s Batman comes into the current world inhabited by the Flash and the Justice League. Or, his adventures with the Flash inspire him to create his own team in his own world. The latter makes more sense.
Not only does it distance itself slightly from the trainwreck of the DCEU thus far, but it also allows the Tim Burton-esque style to continue on in a different strand of the franchise. No matter which way you look at it, this is an interesting development and seems Warner Bros are intent at outdoing the gang at Marvel Studios.