Michael Keaton in Talks to be BATMAN in THE FLASH Movie and Perhaps Beyond

How do you make Monday cool? By having news about actor Michael Keaton returning to the cape and cowl in Warner Bros.'s THE FLASH movie.

This news comes from Variety (first reported by The Wrap), and while not much is known about Keaton's role in THE FLASH, the movie is supposed to be an adaptation of the Flashpoint comic book story arc. Variety reports:

"'The Flash' movie is loosely based on the 2011 comic book crossover 'Flashpoint,' which sees Barry Allen living in a much darker timeline, although one where his mother is still alive. In this timeline, Keaton’s Batman — much more violent than the one in the primary DC universe — is 30 years older.

"Should Keaton’s deal go through, it’s not expected to affect Warner Bros.’ upcoming 'The Batman,' starring Robert Pattinson with Matt Reeves directing...

"Andy Muschietti is on board to direct 'The Flash,' which has been dated for a June 3, 2022, release. 'Birds of Prey' writer Christina Hodson is writing the script. It’s uncertain how big a role Keaton will play in 'The Flash,' which has not yet gone into production."

But wait, there's more to this story from The Hollywood Reporter, who writes the following: 

"If a deal makes, Keaton wouldn’t just return for Flash but possibly for several other DC-oriented film projects. Sources tell THR that the role being envisioned for the veteran actor is akin to the role played by Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something of a mentor or guide or even string puller. Batgirl is one the projects in development that could fall under that win."

Like I said, this is how you make a Monday cool.

Actor Ezra Miller is still attached to the title role as Barry Allen.