Michael Keaton will reprise his role as Batman in “The Flash” movie. Keaton’s talent agency, ICM Partners, allegedly told TheWrap that the actor will be starring alongside Ezra Miller and Ben Affleck in the movie. The actor revealed to Deadline back in March that he might not join the cast over scheduling concerns and the COVID-19 situation in England.
“To be honest with you, you know what worries me more than anything about all this stuff? It’s COVID,” Keaton said at the time. “I’m more concerned. I keep my eye more on the COVID situation in the UK than anything. That will determine everything, and so that’s why I’m living outside the city here on 17 acres, staying away from everybody, because the COVID thing has got me really concerned. So, that’s my first thing about all projects. I look at it and go, is this thing going to kill me, literally? And you know, if it doesn’t, then we talk.”
The Flash’s director, Andrés Muschietti, revealed on Instagram that the film officially starts production in London on Monday. The film will be based on the 2011’s Flashpoint storyline comic book series written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Andy Kubert. Muschietti revealed that The Flash movie will present a “different version of Flashpoint than you’re expecting.” It will feature both Affleck and Keaton’s return as Batman from different timelines. DC confirmed that Micheal Keaton will return as the Batman in the upcoming Flash movie during a panel at DC FanDome.
In Flashpoint, Barry Allen wakes up to discover everything and everyone around him has changed. He is not Flash, nor does he have powers. His mother Nora (deceased in his own timeline) is alive; his father, Henry, died of a heart attack three years ago (alive and in prison in his own timeline). Captain Cold is Central City’s greatest hero, the Justice League was never established, and Superman is being held captive as a lab-rat by the United States government within an underground facility in Metropolis. Thomas Wayne is Batman.
In addition, Wonder Woman’s Amazons have conquered the British Isles, while Aquaman’s Atlanteans have sunk the rest of Western Europe, and the battle between the two has caused massive death and destruction. America is similarly endangered. The heroes cannot cooperate to find a solution, and the meeting is ended.
Flashpoint was adapted into an animated feature film titled “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox“. The animated movie was released on July 30, 2013. The CW also adapted the storyline in the 3rd season of the network’s television series of The Flash.
The Flash will star Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/Flash, Keaton and Affleck as Batman, the cast also includes Sasha Calle as Supergirl, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Maribel Verdú as Nora Allen, Barry’s mother, Ron Livingston as Henry Allen, Barry’s father.