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Michael Keaton Addresses Another Possible Batman Return

Michael Keaton Addresses Another Possible Batman Return

Michael Keaton isn’t exactly holding his breath to don the cape again as Batman. However, Gotham’s Dark Knight should never say never, right?

The veteran actor shared with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that the possibility of reprising his iconic role hinges completely on behind-the-scenes alchemy. “Everything depends on something else,” Keaton said cryptically.

Last summer’s The Flash saw Michael Keaton return to the role for the first time since Tim Burton’s Batman Returns in 1992.

However, the film was troubled behind the scenes, with a budget reportedly ballooning to a staggering $220 million. The film is considered a major financial failure, only reaching $271 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

He appears to suggest that despite the failure of The Flash and the cancellation of Batgirl (Keaton mentioned he hadn’t watched Batgirl either), it hasn’t definitively concluded his tenure as the caped crusader, even though it may seem so.

Keaton’s mindset is like a well-balanced seesaw: open to possibilities but not stuck in one spot. The Flash may have taken thirty years to come to life, so assuming the next big thing is just around the corner? That would be superhero-level optimism.

“I don’t think about it much,” the actor insisted. However, getting Michael Keaton back in the Batman cowl isn’t impossible. “Never say never, I don’t think,” he added.

Michael Keaton Was Expected to Return as Batman in Multiple Projects Before ‘The Flash’ Stumbled

Michael Keaton’s Batman was anticipated to make a comeback in Batgirl and other films. In these movies, he was set to portray a mentor role to younger superheroes, similar to his character in The Flash.

The cancellation of Batgirl and the underperformance of The Flash supposedly led to the demise of a proposed Batman Beyond film featuring Keaton as an older Bruce Wayne mentoring the new Batman.

Subsequently, James Gunn and Peter Safran’s DC Universe reportedly disrupted Warner Bros.’ plans dating back to 2012.

However, Michael Keaton is reteaming with his Batman director Tim Burton to revisit another character from their past. Beetlejuice 2, tentatively titled Beetlejuice Beetlejuice is set to drop this fall. Keaton is joined by fellow Beetlejuice alums Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara in the belated sequel.

The movie also stars Jenna Ortega, Willem Dafoe, Monica Bellucci, and Justin Theroux in new roles. Ortega plays Lydia’s daughter, portrayed by Ryder. Meanwhile, Dafoe reportedly plays an afterlife law enforcement officer, and Bellucci embodies Beetlejuice’s wife.