Michael Keaton Reportedly Repeats His Most Iconic Batman Line in The Flash
A new report claims that Michael Keaton will repeat his most iconic Batman line in The Flash.
Reliable inside source ViewerAnon recently tweeted that Keaton "also does the 'I'm Batman' thing" in the upcoming DC Extended Universe blockbuster. The actor previously delivered this famous line during his first-ever scene as the Dark Knight in 1989's Batman, while dangling a terrified criminal over a building ledge.
Footage screened at CinemaCon recently confirmed that Keaton will also utter another memorable phrase from his first Batman movie. The footage included a scene between Batman and Ezra Miller's Flash in which the Caped Crusader says "You wanna get nuts? C'mon, let's get nuts!" This is a direct callback to the confrontation between Bruce Wayne and The Joker in the Tim Burton film, during which Keaton shouts the same line at Jack Nicholson's Clown Prince of Crime.
The CinemaCon footage arrived several days after the first official image of Keaton's return as Batman in The Flash surfaced online. The star's new costume is clearly modeled on those he wore in Batman and Batman Returns, albeit with several noticeable differences. These changes include the more muted color of Keaton's utility belt, which is now black and gray rather than bright yellow, and subtle tweaks to how the cowl and torso armor were sculpted.
Keaton will reportedly have several other batsuits in The Flash aside from the one already revealed. These other outfits were briefly showcased in the CinemaCon footage, during a scene set in the Batcave. There's no word yet on whether Keaton will don any of the other costumes over the course of the DC Extended Universe blockbuster, or if they function purely as set dressing. How they differ aesthetically and functionally from Keaton's main batsuit is likewise unknown.
Keaton's crime-fighting wardrobe isn't the only thing getting a makeover in The Flash.Attendees at the CinemaCon presentation reported that the actor himself appears to have undergone a digital de-aging process for the film. Whether Keaton was de-aged for all his scenes as Bruce Wayne/Batman or only for potential flashback sequences is currently unclear. Young or old, Keaton's Batman will also apparently ride his own version of the Batcycle, a vehicle not previously associated with this incarnation of the character.
The Flash races into theaters on June 23, 2023.