Michael Keaton Will Play Batman in HBO Max’s “Batgirl” Starring Leslie Grace

Michael Keaton isn’t done playing Batman, not by a long shot. Not only is Keaton reprising the role of Bruce Wayne for Andy Muschietti’s upcoming The Flash, but he’ll also be donning the cape and cowl for the upcoming HBO Max series Batgirl. 

Batgirl stars Lelise Grace as Barbara Gordon, the daughter of police commissioner Jim Gordon (the commish is the one character who appears in almost every Batman film, by the way). Keaton will once again play Bruce Wayne, a role he made iconic in Tim Burton’s game-changing 1989 Batman, and again in Burton’s 1992 Batman Returns. After that, Keaton famously turned away from the franchise, and it was a good three decades before he decided it was time to reappear as Gotham’s billionaire vigilante in Muschietti’s The Flash, starring Ezra Miller as the speedy superhero.

“Just because I was curious didn’t mean I wanted to do it,” Keaton told Variety about finally returning to the role. “So it took a long time, frankly… I’m not just gonna say I’ll do it. It has to be good. And there has to be a reason.”

It seems the Batgirl series gave him a good enough reason.

While not much is not about Batgirl‘s plot, Keaton joins Grace and J.K. Simmons, who is also reprising a role here, Jim Gordon, which he played in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Brendan Fraser is also on hand as the villain Firefly, a pyromaniac sociopath.

Batgirl is expected to debut on HBO Max sometime in 2022. The series is currently in production in London and is directed by Bad Boys For Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. The script comes from Birds of Prey and  The Flash scribe Christina Hodson.

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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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