Michael Keaton confirmed to return as Batman in upcoming The Flash movie 2 weeks ago

Michael Keaton confirmed to return as Batman in upcoming The Flash movie

The movie will ALSO feature Ben Affleck as Batman.

After months and months of speculation, it is now official: Michael Keaton will return as Bruce Wayne for the first time since 1992's Batman Returns.

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The Wrap received confirmation from Keaton's representation that the actor will return for the upcoming standalone The Flash movie, with Ezra Miller in the lead role, and directed by Andy Muschetti (It, It: Chapter Two).

If you've seen Zack Snyder's Justice League, then you know that one of that movie's endings shows us a post-apocalyptic world that The Flash is simply attempting to survive in.

The plot of the standalone movie will likely feed into that in some ways, as it features The Flash going back in time to prevent the murder of his mother, but in the returning to his own time, finds he has created an alternative timeline, one that is protected by Keaton's version of the Dark Knight.

According to the report, the movie will "disregard the latter two entries" - essentially wiping Batman Forever and Batman & Robin from the timeline, sorry Arnie and Uma! - and will explore Keaton's version of Batman in the 30 years since we've last seen him.

The Flash is also set to feature Ben Affleck as his version of Batman, before Barry Allen changes the timeline, and will also star Ron Livingston as Henry Allen, Barry's father who has been wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of Barry's mother. Livingston is replacing Billy Crudup, who played Henry in Justice League.

Derry Girls' star Saoirse-Monica Jackson has also been added to the cast list, but in a currently-undisclosed role.

The Flash is due to arrive in Irish cinemas in November 2022.

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To celebrate the first day of production on the movie in London on Monday, Warner Bros. shared the official logo for the movie: