While Michael Keaton’s return as Batman in The Flash was originally reported last June, the beloved former Dark Knight gave fans a massive scare last month when he sounded entirely noncommital about starring in the film, citing concerns about traveling to London during the pandemic.
“…to tell you the truth, somewhere on my iPad is an iteration of the whole Flash thing that I haven’t had time yet. I called them and said, I have to be honest with you. I can’t look at anything right now. I’m so deep into this thing I’m doing. Also, I’m prepping a thing I’m producing and getting ready to do down the road in the fall that I’ll be in, and I feel responsible to that.
So, yeah, there is that. I’m not being cute or coy. If I talked about it, I’ll be just bullshitting you. I don’t really know. I have to look at the last draft. To be honest with you, you know what worries me more than anything about all this stuff? It’s COVID.” [via Deadline]
Luckily for fans, Keaton has apparently overcome those concerns, and he’s now arrived across the pond to begin filming The Flash, which officially began production on Monday:
According to The Wrap, The Flash will ignore the existence of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and will instead fill fans in on what Keaton’s Batman has been up to since the events of 1992’s Batman Returns, the Tim Burton-directed sequel that stands as the last time Keaton donned the cape and cowl. As a result, The Flash will effectively serve as a soft reboot in the DCEU, with the franchise moving away from Zack Snyder’s original vision and more towards their new, multiversal direction.
In addition to Keaton’s Batman, The Flash will also feature Ben Affleck’s Batman (in what will likely be his final performance as the Dark Knight) and the introduction of newcomer Sasha Calle as Supergirl. Ezra Miller, of course, will be returning as the titular Flash, a.k.a Barry Allen.
At this time, The Flash is scheduled to hit theaters in the United States on November 4, 2022.