Late last night, the news broke that Michael Keaton is in talks to return to the big screen as Batman in The Flash. Making his debut as the Caped Crusader in 1989's Batman from director Tim Burton, the actor would go on to play the character in Batman Returns before hanging up his cape and cowl (a decision which came at the right time after the campy direction the franchise later took).
It's said that when the Flash travels back in time to save his mother's life, he creates a new reality which Keaton's Batman has spent the past three decades protecting, and this Dark Knight will be sticking around for the foreseeable future. The Flash, meanwhile, will also be used to introduce moviegoers to the concept of the DC "Multiverse."
A concept already explored in The CW's TV shows, this opens the door to countless new realities and stories for Warner Bros. to explore, and could finally give the DC Extended Universe the advantage over Marvel Studios and its Marvel Cinematic Universe. That may sound like fighting talk, but the potential of this idea is massive, and could definitely be a game-changer for the DCEU.
So, should Marvel Studios be worried? It's early days, but if the return of Keaton's Batman is any indication, the tide could soon turn in Warner Bros.' favour...