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Michael Keaton confirmed to return as Batman in The Flash movie

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After months of rumors and speculation it has finally been confirmed that Michael Keaton will return as Batman in The Flash, 29 years after his last appearance as the Caped Crusader. 

Keaton's agency, ICM Partners, confirmed Monday to The Wrap that Keaton will return, while director Andy Muschietti revealed the official logo on social media and announced filming is already underway. 

The 69-year-old actor originally played millionaire Bruce Wayne and his crime busting alter-ego in Tim Burton's 1989 classic Batman and its 1992 sequel Batman Returns. 

But his advanced years will make him the oldest Batman to date, having last played the role when he was 41. 

a person wearing a costume: Iconic: The 69-year-old actor originally played millionaire Bruce Wayne and his crime busting alter-ego in Tim Burton's 1989 classic Batman and its 1992 sequel Batman Returns © Provided by Daily Mail Iconic: The 69-year-old actor originally played millionaire Bruce Wayne and his crime busting alter-ego in Tim Burton's 1989 classic Batman and its 1992 sequel Batman Returns shape: Logo: The actor's agency, ICM Partners, confirmed Monday to The Wrap that Keaton will return, while director Andy Muschietti revealed the official logo and announced filming has gotten underway © Provided by Daily Mail Logo: The actor's agency, ICM Partners, confirmed Monday to The Wrap that Keaton will return, while director Andy Muschietti revealed the official logo and announced filming has gotten underway

It's understood that The Flash will introduce the DC Extended Universe 'multiverse,' with Keaton portraying a Batman in a universe separate from the one that has played out in previous DC movies. 

The much-anticipated movie began production work in London on Monday and The Wrap reports that Michael has fully committed himself to the project.  

The actor has previously suggested that concerns about the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, one of the world's most affected countries, might cause him to walk away. 

Speaking about his planned return to the role, he recently told Deadline: 'To be honest with you, you know what worries me more than anything about all this stuff? It’s COVID. 

'I’m more concerned. I keep my eye more on the COVID situation in the UK than anything. That will determine everything, and so that’s why I’m living outside the city here on 17 acres, staying away from everybody, because the COVID thing has got me really concerned.'  

a person standing in front of a television: Success: The actor helped revamp the Batman role thanks to his starring role in Tim Burton's 1989 film © Provided by Daily Mail Success: The actor helped revamp the Batman role thanks to his starring role in Tim Burton's 1989 film

However, Keaton admitted he'd be happy to join the project if the makers of the movie could ensure his safety. 


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He said: 'That’s my first thing about all projects. "I look at it and go, is this thing going to kill me, literally? And you know, if it doesn’t, then we talk.'  

Keaton's 1989 Batman is considered one of the first films that truly opened Hollywood's eyes to the box office potential of superhero movies.

It earned a whopping $251.3 million in 1989 (equivalent to $536.1 million today) as the highest-grossing movie at the domestic box office, with $411.5 million worldwide.

a person holding a cell phone: My turn: Val Kilmer took over as the superhero for 1995 release Batman Forever, starring alongside Nicole Kidman (pictured)

My turn: Val Kilmer took over as the superhero for 1995 release Batman Forever, starring alongside Nicole Kidman (pictured)
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Keaton returned in 1992's Batman Returns, which earned $162.9 million domestic and $266.8 million worldwide, though he quit was replaced by Val Kilmer in lukewarm 1995 addition Batman Forever.

George Clooney later took the role in the much maligned 1998 release Batman & Robin, with Chris O'Donnell playing his precocious sidekick and Alicia Silverstone playing Batgirl. 

Seven years later director Christopher Nolan took the franchise to new heights with his gothic Dark Knight trilogy, featuring Christian Bale as Batman in three hugely successful films. 

More recently Ben Affleck has pulled on the iconic cape for an appearance in 2016 hit Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, while Robert Pattinson will also play the superhero in forthcoming film The Batman. 

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The Flash is said to be loosely based on the 2011 comic series known as Flashpoint, where Barry Allen, played by Ezra Miller, tries to travel back in time to prevent the death of his mother.

In doing so, he inadvertently creates a whole other universe, which is watched over by Keaton's Batman, 30 years after the events of Batman Forever.

It's understood that it will ignore both Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, preferring instead to focus on Keaton's interpretation of Batman and what he has been doing for the past 30 years. 

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