Michael Keaton is set to make his return as Batman next year in The Flash. Prior to the new regime of the DC franchise, there were plans for him to play the role in more projects such as the now-canceled Batgirl movie. Now, it sounds like another Keaton-starred DC project has been axed in lieu of the changes in the DCU franchise.
Reporter Jeff Sneider revealed in The Hot Mic podcast that Warner Bros. and DC Studios have quietly canceled the Keaton-starring Batman solo movie that was in development and was supposed to be a follow-up to his appearance in The Flash. Christina Hodson was tapped to pen the screenplay.
Moments after Sneider revealed the scoop, TheWrap's Umberto Gonzalez added another piece of information to the news where he noted that the Keaton-led Batman solo project that DC was developing is in fact a live-action film adaptation of the Batman Beyond animated series.
So far, Warner Bros. and DC Studios have not made official comments about the reported status of the project although this is also the first time that the project was made known to the public.
Considering that the previous regime of Warner Bros. was seemingly setting up Keaton to appear in numerous DC projects aside from The Flash, it's not surprising to hear that they were developing a solo project for him and Batman Beyond is a plausible story that they can go to since he is at the right age to play the Bruce Wayne of that era.
So far, it is still unknown yet whether Keaton will continue to play Batman after the events of The Flash. With the massive shakeups that are happening in the DCU franchise recently, there is a likelihood that it will just end up being a one-off.
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You can catch Keaton's return as Batman in The Flash which is slated for release in theaters on June 16, 2023. You can check more details about it here.