Last year the Internet was a buzz with the news that Michael Keaton was all set to reprise the role of Batman in the upcoming ‘The Flash’ directed by Andy Muschietti. It looked like a done deal to everyone and it felt like the film was being built around his return.
Now Keaton himself has cast doubt on this saying that nothing is set in stone. When interviewed by Deadline he said he may not have the time:
No, you know what it is? I am needing a minute to think about it because I’m so fortunate and blessed, I got so much going on now. I’m really into work right now. I don’t know why, but I am, and so, yeah, I mean, you know, to tell you the truth, somewhere on my iPad is an iteration of the whole ‘Flash’ thing that I haven’t had time yet.
I called them and said, ‘I have to be honest with you. I can’t look at anything right now. I’m so deep into this thing I’m doing. Also, I’m prepping a thing I’m producing and getting ready to do down the road in the fall that I’ll be in, and I feel responsible to that.’ So, yeah, there is that.
I’m not being cute or coy. If I talked about it, I’ll be just bulls–tting you. I don’t really know. I have to look at the last draft. To be honest with you, you know what worries me more than anything about all this stuff?…It’s Covid. I’m more concerned. I keep my eye more on the Covid situation in the UK than anything. That will determine everything.
That’s why I’m living outside the city here on 17 acres, staying away from everybody, because the Covid thing has got me really concerned. So, that’s my first thing about all projects. I look at it and go, is this thing going to kill me, literally? And you know, if it doesn’t, then we talk.Michael Keaton/Deadline
So time and Covid may defeat Batman.
We will know soon enough as ‘The Flash’ starts shooting next month for a November 2022 release.