The Wrap reports Warner Bros. wants Michael Keaton to reprise his performance as Batman in the long-gestating solo superhero movie about the Flash. Way back when, Keaton played the caped crusader in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman as well as in its 1992 sequel Batman Returns.
Now, you might be wondering how that even makes sense in the DC Extended Universe. After all, Ben Affleck played Batman in the latest DC movies, while Robert Pattinson will portray the world’s greatest detective in The Batman. The Flash draws inspiration from the 2011 comic book crossover story Flashpoint by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. In it, the Flash travels to an alternate reality in which Thomas Wayne – Bruce Wayne’s father – becomes a vigilante after the brutal murder of his wife and son. While this premise may sound a bit silly boiled down to a single sentence, Flashpoint was quite good and occasionally surprisingly moving.
Ever since the studio first announced its plans for The Flash movie in 2016, the project moved in fits and starts as directors and screenwriters changed. In March 2019, Ezra Miller (who played the Flash in Justice League), started working on the script alongside comic book legend Grant Morrison. Andy Muschietti (It, It: Chapter Two) will direct the film – titled Flashpoint – while Christina Hodson (Bumblebee, Birds of Prey) will pen the final version of the script. Filming should begin sometime next year, with a release date set for June 3, 2022.