If you’ve been falling along with the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year (which, given that you’re reading this article, I assume you have), then you know the franchise formally introduced the concept of the multiverse in Loki and now their new animated series What If…?, effectively blowing the doors off of their storytelling potential.
The MCU isn’t alone in its multiversal efforts, though, as the DCEU will be doing the same in the coming years with projects such as The Rock’s Black Adam taking place in one universe, while Robert Pattinson’s The Batman exists in another.
The DCEU movie set to properly unleash the multiverse — the same way Loki did for the MCU — will be The Flash, which is set to feature both Ben Affleck’s Batman (for what’s likely the final time) AND Michael Keaton’s Batman for the first time in close to 30 years.
During a recent interview, Keaton was asked what it felt like putting on the iconic yellow-symboled Batman suit for the first time in a generation, to which Keaton replied that it actually felt like riding a bike:
“Like riding a bike. And also, man, memories came flashing back, no pun intended, came flooding back. They did, just as I start thinking about what a risk Tim [Burton] took and everybody else involved, really,” Keaton told ReelBlend.
“It was shockingly normal. It was weird. Like I went ‘Oh, oh yeah, that’s right.’ But also then you start to play the scenes and a lot of memories, a lot of interesting sense memories (start to come back).”
At this time, The Flash is scheduled to hit theaters in the United States on November 4, 2022. In addition to Michael Keaton’s Batman, The Flash will star Ezra Miller as Barry Allen / Flash, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman, and newcomer Sasha Calle as Supergirl, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, and Ron Livingston, replacing Billy Crudup, as Henry Allen.