Michael Keaton in talks to reprise Batman role

Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to reprise the role of Batman for The Flash movie.The 68-year-old made his debut as the Caped Crusader back in 1989’s Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, in 1992, which were both helmed by Tim Burton and became …

Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to reprise the role of Batman for The Flash movie.

The 68-year-old made his debut as the Caped Crusader back in 1989’s Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, in 1992, which were both helmed by Tim Burton and became cult classics.

He was set to return for Batman Forever in 1995, but left during development of the film, helmed by the late Joel Schumacher, with Val Kilmer eventually taking over the role of Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Now, bosses at Warner Bros. reportedly want Keaton back in the Batsuit after almost 30 years for the standalone superhero film, starring Ezra Miller as the titular speedster, according to editors at The Wrap.

The highly-anticipated project has been hit by delays since it was announced by Warner Bros. executives back in 2014, but last year, it was finally given a scheduled release date of June 2022. It filmmaker Andy Muschietti will direct, with a script penned by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson.

The storyline will reportedly introduce the idea of a multiverse, in which multiple versions of the same characters exist in alternate universes, as explained in the original DC Comics, and in a similar vein to Marvel’s hit animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 2018.

Therefore, the multiverse plot won’t affect director Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle and her feline alter-ego Catwoman, and Paul Dano as The Riddler.

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Kiefer Sutherland and Matthew McConaughey lead tributes to Joel Schumacher

Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey, and Michael Douglas have paid tribute to director Joel Schumacher following his death. The filmmaker, who was known for films such as The Lost Boys, St. Elmo’s Fire, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin, passed aw…

Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey, and Michael Douglas have paid tribute to director Joel Schumacher following his death.

The filmmaker, who was known for films such as The Lost Boys, St. Elmo’s Fire, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin, passed away on Tuesday following a battle with cancer.

After the news of his death was made public, his close friends and actors issued statements paying tribute to him.

“His joy, spirit and talent will live on in my heart and memory for the rest of my life,” his frequent collaborator Sutherland wrote on Twitter. “Joel gave me opportunities and lifelong lessons, making films such as The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time to Kill, and Phonebooth. His mark on modern culture and film will live on forever. I will miss you, my friend.”

McConaughey credited Schumacher with kickstarting his career by casting him as the lead in 1996 film A Time to Kill.

“Joel not only took a chance on me, he fought for me. Knowing the studio might never approve a relatively unknown like myself for the lead in A Time to Kill,” he told Variety. “I don’t see how my career could have gone to the wonderful places it has if it wasn’t for Joel Schumacher believing in me back then.”

Douglas shared a photo from the set of 1993 film Falling Down on Instagram and wrote, “What a loss Joel, so talented and compassionate. Working with you on Falling Down was one of my best career experiences.”

Jim Carrey, who worked with the director on Batman Forever and The Number 23, tweeted, “He saw deeper things in me than most and he lived a wonderfully creative and heroic life. I am grateful to have had him as a friend,” while The Phantom of the Opera star Emmy Rossum wrote, “‘I am in tears learning of Joel Schumacher’s passing. He was a force. He was one of kind. Creative. Intense. Passionate. He played a huge part in the shaping of my life. I don’t have the right words right now.”

St Elmo’s Fire star Rob Lowe told Variety the filmmaker seeing “things other could not” and believing he could play a bad boy, while Corey Feldman praised Schumacher on Twitter for trying to “prevent my descent” by firing him from The Lost Boys for using drugs and rehiring him on the condition he stayed sober.

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Val Kilmer reveals why he quit Batman role after one movie

Val Kilmer has finally revealed the reason why he quit playing Batman after just one movie.The actor played Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in 1995’s star-studded blockbuster Batman Forever, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee …

Val Kilmer has finally revealed the reason why he quit playing Batman after just one movie.

The actor played Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in 1995’s star-studded blockbuster Batman Forever, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Chris O’Donnell, and Drew Barrymore.

At the time, Joel Schumacher, who directed the superhero movie and the subsequent sequel Batman & Robin, claimed that Kilmer had quit due to filming commitments.

However, more than 25 years after exiting the superhero role, Kilmer has explained that he left the lucrative comic-book franchise after an incident on the set of Batman Forever.

During a profile for The New York Times, the 60-year-old recalled being in costume on set one day to meet business tycoon Warren Buffett and his grandchildren, but the kids were far more interested in looking at the Batmobile and high-tech props instead.

“That’s why it’s so easy to have five or six Batmans. It’s not about Batman. There is no Batman,” he said, noting that anyone could wear the mask. “Everyone has to work out their own salvation. How to live and by what morality, and I found that the part that I feel bad about is hurting somebody in the process.”

He was eventually replaced by George Clooney, who fronted the critically-panned Batman & Robin in 1997. It was the last movie starring the Caped Crusader until Christopher Nolan rebooted the DC Comics franchise with Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale, in 2005. The character has since been played by Ben Affleck and is soon to be portrayed by Robert Pattinson.

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