‘The Flash’ Director Teases Michael Keaton’s Iconic Batsuit
Director Andrés Muschietti posted a photo featuring the Batsuit Michael Keaton wore in Tim Burton‘s 1989 Batman movie.
Fans will remember the iconic black and yellow Batman insignia emblazoned on the chest of the pitch black suit. Muschietti’s post shows blood spatter over the symbol, comparable to Watchmen.
The Batsuit is also covered in a layer of dust, hinting that it hasn’t been used in some time.
It’s the first look we’ve been given since we learned Keaton joined the upcoming The Flash movie starring Ezra Miller.
Fans are speculating if Keaton will be portraying the same Batman he played in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns. This picture seems to confirm those suspicions.
What is the Flashpoint?
The Flash will center around Barry Allen and is said to be influenced by the popular comic storyline, Flashpoint.
As you know, Flashpoint sees Barry travel back in time to stop his mother from being killed. However, little does he know that doing so will cause his timeline to be disrupted. In this altered timeline, Barry meets a very different Batman from the one he knows — a much more violent one.
Here’s the thing — Ben Affleck‘s Batman, who is said to be returning for The Flash as well, is already an extremely violent take on the character. Fans scolded director Zack Snyder for that fact because of this following Batman v Superman. The character has historically followed a strict set of rules keeping him from killing.
Could Batfleck be that version of the character? Who Knows!? The DCEU is already messy enough so we’d hate for The Flash to create even more confusion.
Robert Pattinson is also playing another version of the Dark Knight in his own film, The Batman, set to release on March 4, 2022.
Another theory is that Michael Keaton will be playing the Batman Beyond version of Bruce Wayne. This version introduces old man Bruce Wayne, too frail to continue to wear the cowl. He passes down the duties of Batman to Terry McGinnis as Bruce takes on a more Alfred-esque role.
Introducing the DC Multiverse?
Perhaps we’ll see Flash travel to throughout the multiverse and coming into contact with several versions of these characters. Or … maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves!
The Flash has potential to repair all the errors fans have been criticizing in the DCEU. If done right, it can usher in a new era of DC films all without scrapping the likes of Batman v Superman, Justice League, Wonder Woman and the others from continuity.
DC seems to be on the same path as their rival. Marvel is also said to be introducing already-established characters in their own MCU.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is causing a fuss with rumors that Spidey veterans Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield will return. Not only that — they’re supposedly bringing the villains from their own films along for the ride!
Not only that … Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is predicted to open the door to countless crossovers between film studios.
The question is … will DC or Marvel get it right? Let’s hope for both!
Andrés Muschietti’s The Flash is set to hit theaters on November 4, 2022.