Michael Keaton confused by his Batman return in The Flash

By Tribute on August 18, 2021 | 8 Comments

Michael Keaton as Batman 1989 Warner Bros.When it was first revealed that actor Michael Keaton would be reprising his version of the caped crusader in the upcoming film The Flash, the news was met with excitement.

Fans were well aware of the implications of this, considering that Ezra Miller‘s Flash character had his own contemporary verison of the Batman to work with in the form of Ben Affleck, and DC was working on yet another version of the character being played by Robert Pattinson.

Keaton, however, was less than prepared at understanding just how his 1989 version of Gotham’s Dark Knight would be returning to cinema screens alongside Affleck’s contemporary rendition.

“I had to read it more than three times to go, ‘Wait, how does this work?’ They had to explain that to me several times. By the way, I’m not being arrogant, I hope, about this. I don’t say it like, ‘I’m too groovy.’ I’m stupid. There’s a lot of things I don’t know about. And so, I don’t know, I just kind of figured it out, but this was different.”

The confusion on Keaton’s part is understandable given that The Flash will be partially adapting the “Flashpoint” storyline from the comics. In it, the story revolves around time travel and the creation of a new/alternate timeline with its own branching universe leading into a multiverse of stories where different versions of the same character can exist.

It’s a lot to take in for those new to it, but in Keaton’s case it also became a humbling experience. This new approach to his character, and how he’s being brought back, really opened up his eyes to the weight of it all and just how much his character means to a lot of people.

“What’s really interesting is how much more I got [Batman] when I went back and did him. I get this on a whole other level now. I totally respect it. I repsect what people are trying to make. I never looked at it like, ‘Oh, this is just a silly thing.’ It was not a silly thing when I did Batman. But it has become a giant thing, culturally. It’s iconic. So I just have even more respect for it because, what do I know? This is a big deal in the world to people. You’ve got to honor that and be respectful of that. Even I go, Jesus, this is huge.”

The Flash is currently still in production with a release date set for November 4, 2022. ~Paolo Maquiraya

Comments & Discussion

  1. Brenda • August 19, 2021 @ 10:17 AM

    Well, I’m still confused. I don’t want to see two or three different Batmans in the same movie. And all the Marvel shows that have different timelines (Loki, for instance), I’m not interested in those either. It just gets too confusing, and those movies (Marvel and Avengers) were already confusing to begin with. Too many characters, plots didn’t make sense, too many things happening.

  2. Chris • August 19, 2021 @ 11:49 AM

    Aw it’s ok Brenda not everyone can keep up

  3. Ann • August 19, 2021 @ 2:18 PM

    I am not huge into all the superhero movies but I like Keaton and I am looking forward to this one. I liked him as Batman back in the day….I also think he was great as a villain in that Spiderman movie with Tom. If he pulls this off I wonder if he will rethink a Beetlejuice sequel…especially since all the original cast are still around for the most part.

  4. Mac • August 21, 2021 @ 12:10 AM

    Batman isn’t Marvel, Brenda.

  5. Me • August 21, 2021 @ 5:16 AM

    Keaton is a babbling idiot. The entertainment/intelligence/military industrial complex will last exactly as long as this soon-to-be destroyed toilet world will last.

  6. rick meade • September 3, 2021 @ 10:45 AM

    ithink its a good idea mr keaton can do any thing as an actor hes that good but its all a flash in the pan to me

  7. rick meade • October 1, 2021 @ 12:20 PM

    dc and marvel together batman and the flash holy double duty batman and mr Keaton cant under stand holy outsimers batman

  8. Superman • December 27, 2021 @ 12:07 AM

    Batman and flash are dc neither are marvel

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