The original big-screen Batman Michael Keaton is set to appear as the Dark Knight once again – and now we have our first look at the actor’s return as Bruce Wayne.
As reported earlier this year, 69-year-old Keaton will play his signature role for the first time in 29 years in Warner Bros/DC’s upcoming movie The Flash.
The title role is taken by Ezra Miller, who previously portrayed DC’s scarlet speedster in 2017’s Justice League (recently re-released in an extended four-hour cut approved by original director Zack Snyder).
First look #michaelkeaton on #TheFlash
This is his car, not Affleck’s, and I hear this is from the end of the movie and he’s now permanently in the #DCEU
Video tomorrow with full breakdown of all these set pics! pic.twitter.com/pO38KSIUUJ
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) June 20, 2021
On top of seeing the return of Keaton as Batman, The Flash will also introduce a new incarnation of Supergirl portrayed by Sasha Calle.
Calle appears along with Keaton in the first photographs taken from the set of The Flash, and based on the wires it’s fair to assume we’ll see her do a spot of flying in the movie.
#Supergirl#Batman & #TheFlash on the movie set I can’t wait to see this movie #EzraMiller#SashaCalle#MichaelKeatonpic.twitter.com/0sT8pF9sYa
— NewWestBoyⓂ️ (@CaptCanuck66) June 20, 2021
You may be wondering how Keaton can be back as Bruce Wayne/Batman when Miller’s Flash has already appeared alongside Ben Affleck’s take on the Dark Knight.
The Flash movie is said to be drawing on the popular comic book storyline Flashpoint, which sees the character move between alternate timelines within the DC universe – so Keaton’s Bruce Wayne comes from a different dimension than the one in which Ezra Miller’s Flash originates.
Interestingly, it is also reported that Ben Affleck will appear in the movie as Batman, even though it had been thought that the actor had hung up his cowl for good when he dropped out of upcoming solo movie The Batman (which will see Robert Pattinson take over as the new Dark Knight).
The Flash is directed by Andy Muschietti (It Chapters One and Two) and is scheduled to hit the big screen on 4 November 2022.
Before then, we can look forward to more DC movies in The Suicide Squad (opening 6 August 2021), The Batman (4 March 2022), DC League of Super-Pets (20 May 2022) and Black Adam (29 July 2022).