Michael Keaton Discusses Why He Decided to Return as Batman

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Fans got excited when it was announced last year that Michael Keaton will be returning as Batman in the upcoming DCEU film The Flash. It would mark his first time to wear the cape in around 30 years since his last appearance in Batman Returns. However, yesterday, we also learned that he will also return as Batman in HBO Max's Batgirl movie. But why did he decide to return on the role after all these years? Now, the actor has shared his answer.

In an interview with Variety, Keaton briefly discussed the reason why he decided to play Batman again in which he shared that he has been pondering about playing the role again for years until the opportunity actually came to him. "‘What would that be like?’ or ‘What if I had to do that again,'" he recalled asking himself. “Just because I was curious didn’t mean I wanted to do it. So it took a long time, frankly… I’m not just gonna say I’ll do it. It has to be good. And there has to be a reason.”

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As we all know, the actor eventually agreed to reprise the role of Batman and it looks like he liked the idea that was pitched which is why he said yes to doing it. Given that he is also going to play him in Batgirl, it seems that he is staying in the franchise for good (at least for now) and we might see him play the role in more DCEU films in the future.

A lot of questions come with Keaton's return as Batman. Given the multiverse aspect of The Flash, we do know that Ezra Miller's speedster will meet him at some point in the Caped Crusader's universe and ask for his help. Now that we know that his appearance in the film won't be a one-off, does it mean that Keaton will now be DCEU's primary Batman? It's hard to say for now but it is intriguing at the very least that he will be playing him again in multiple DCEU films.

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The Flash is set to be released in theaters on November 4, 2022 while Batgirl is set to premiere on HBO Max sometime next year.