While it may have sounded bonkers at first, it looks like Michael Keaton is definitely going to reprise the role of Batman in the upcoming Flash movie, and we’re getting small details here and there about the part.
Besides the rumor that Keaton’s appearance will only be a cameo, DCEU Mythic has sources that claim that Keaton’s batsuit in the movie will be based on the Kingdom Come comic from Alex Ross i.e., the other armored suit that isn’t the one from Dark Knight Returns.
In Kingdom Come, Bruce Wayne’s age had finally caught up to him, and he actually required an exoskeleton just to move—not unlike the one Kevin Conroy wears in Crisis on Infinite Earths. His batsuit is also mechanically enhanced, not just for protection, but to also give Batman the ability to fight in battle once more.
Of course, this is just a rumor for now, but it would make sense counting the age of Keaton’s Batman. While it would be cool to see him wear the original gear, I’ll settle for it being in some kind of display case while his Batman puts on an updated mech suit.
Personally, I would have preferred if we got Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Thomas Wayne Batman, and I’m still waiting on the official announcement. While I like Keaton, his appearance is really just a way to pander to the nostalgia of fans. Unless they use him to establish a multi-verse, then I guess it would be worth it.
For now, The Flash movie is set for a release on June 2, 2022.