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“The Flash” Set Photo Teases Bloody Battle for Michael Keaton’s Batman

There appears to be trouble on the horizon for a very particular Batman. We’re talking about Michael Keaton’s Caped Crusader, who will be appearing in The Flash, a return to Bat form for the man who so memorably played the role in Tim Burton’s beloved 1989 Batman and again in Batman Returns in 1992. Director Andy Muschietti teased a potentially bloody future for Keaton’s Batman on Instagram, revealing the Batman logo Keaton’s Caped Crusader wore on his chest, covered in blood.

The news of Keaton’s return to the role broke last April. The revelation came from an in-depth interview that DC Films president Walter Hamada gave to the New York Times, explaining how not only Keaton, but Ben Affleck and current Batman Robert Pattinson would all portray Gotham’s greatest hero in films set in parallel worlds. Then The Wrap confirmed that the Keaton portion of those initial reports was true, with Keaton’s talent agency, ICM Partners, telling the outlet the actor was joining the production in London. Now we’ve got The Flash’s director posting this teasingly mysterious shot on Instagram, and suddenly we find ourselves worrying about the fate of the very first cinematic Batman who kickstarted a love for the character generations ago. 

The little we know about The Flash‘s plot is it will be loosely based on the DC Comics crossover event from 2011, “Flashpoint,” which sees Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) travel back in time to try and prevent his mother’s death. The result of Barry’s trip is that he ends up creating another universe, one in which Keaton’s Batman will be a crucial protector.

Keaton put down the cape and cowl after Batman Returns, so The Flash will only be working with the events from those two films, eschewing everything that happened in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. 

We’ll know more about what the ultimate fate of Keaton’s Batman will be when The Flash hits theaters on November 4, 2022.

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Featured image: Featured image: Michael Keaton attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 28, 2017 in Hollywood, California. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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