Despite Rumors, Michael Keaton NOT Taking Over as DCEU’s Main Batman

Michael Keaton is not expected to become the new Batman of the DCEU after his role in The Flash. Keaton famously played the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman as well as the follow-up film Batman Returns in 1992. Keaton was then replaced by Val Kilmer in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever, but Keaton will be putting on his cowl again soon.

Fans were shocked back in June when it was announced that Keaton was reprising his role as Batman for The Flash. It was quickly announced that Keaton would be playing the same Batman he did in previous movies and would actually suit up rather than just being a side character. Little information has come out about Keaton’s role since, but DC Films president Walter Hamada later revealed that there will be “two different film sagas involving Batman — played by two different actors — running at the same time.”


A previous report indicated that Keaton was set to take over as the main Batman of the DCEU since Robert Pattinson’s film is a stand-alone movie, but that now appears to not be the case.

After the internet went ablaze with reports that Keaton was returning for multiple films in the DCEU, Brooks Barnes (the New York Times reporter who originally interviewed Hamada) clarified his statement on Keaton’s involvement in future DC films. In a recent tweet, Barnes explained that Keaton has only been cast in The Flash and that the actor hasn’t been confirmed for multiple Batman films.


John Pallister

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