• Michael Keaton could return as Batman in the upcoming 'Flash' movie
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    Actor, who last donned the cape and cowl nearly 30 years ago, is considering a return to the DC Universe as a Nick Fury-esque mentor to younger heroes.

  • What Michael Keaton’s Return As Batman Could Mean for the DCEU and the Snyder Cut
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    What Michael Keaton’s Return As Batman Could Mean for the DCEU and the Snyder Cut

    In what is probably the biggest development for the DC Extended Universe (aka the DC Comics movieverse), Michael Keaton is in talks to return the role for which he was best known: Batman. It’s a surprising development for a universe of films that already has two Batmans. But the way that Warner Bros is bringing him back could provide the studio with a way to sort of reboot this franchise, which has been without any sort of narrative center since 2017’s “Justice League.”Keaton will make his return as Bruce Wayne in the long-delayed “The Flash” movie, which makes so much sense. You may recall that at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017, Warner Bros announced that the Flash film would be called “Flashpoint.” The planned film no longer has that title, but will still be based in part on the “Flashpoint” comic.Back in 2017, as rumors mounted that the DC films would be moving away from Ben Affleck’s version of the Caped Crusader, we wrote that a “Flashpoint” movie, which would involve time travel and alternate universes, would allow them to recast the character without starting over from scratch on this whole film universe. And that’s still true!Also Read: Warner Bros Announces DC Fandome, Virtual Comic-Con Alternative Launching in AugustBut clearly we didn’t think big enough back then. Bringing back Keaton this way could allow Warner Bros to turn the frustrations with the state of the DCEU into a long-term win. And they could even use this to bring the Snyder Cut of “Justice League” into the DCEU canon.So how would this work? Well, let’s talk about the “Flashpoint” comic for a second. That story saw the Flash himself, Barry Allen, attempt to use time travel to save his mother — who died when Barry was young. The Flash can time travel thanks to his incredible speed and the “Speed Force,” which is what gives Barry his powers.But when Barry makes his journey to the past, he screws it up. His actions change the past and spawn an alternate universe. It’s kinda like when Biff from “Back to the Future” went back to 1955 and gave himself the sports almanac. And in this version of the world, Bruce Wayne is dead and the Batman is actually Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father.From there it all gets pretty complicated, but the the Flash teams up with other heroes to try to fix the timeline and the end result was sort of a reboot of the DC Comics universe with what was called the “New 52.” You can read more about it here.Also Read: Every DC Comics Movie Ranked From Worst to Best, Including 'Birds of Prey' and 'Joker'This was not the first time DC dealt with the multiverse. In fact, the comics giant had been doing multiverse stuff for decades by then. DC’s multiverse grew from a need to fix major narrative problems the company’s writers were experiencing by the early 1960s.The first was the vast discrepancies in the history of characters like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Created in 1938. ’39 and ’41 respectively, their comics were consistently in print, but they had frequently been reinterpreted to fit constantly changing attitudes about comics. The most notable example was Batman, whose comic was originally influenced by noir, but by the late 50s was extremely campy.The second problem was that several characters also created during the first superhero comics boom of the World War II era were canceled after superhero comics largely fell out of popularity in the late 40s, most notably the original versions of The Flash and Green Lantern. In the late 50s, both were reimagined as entirely new characters who, just like their predecessors, knew and fought alongside Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. Confusing things further, in the new Flash’s case he was inspired by his childhood hero, the original Flash, who was established as a fictional comic book character in his world.A 1961 issue of “The Flash,” called “Flash of Two Worlds” fixed this problem. The new Flash, Barry Allen, accidentally travels to another universe’s Earth where he meets the original Flash, Jay Garrick. Barry learns that this world, which he calls “Earth 2,” is where the World War II incarnations of all DC characters had actually lived. Earth 1 meanwhile was the home of the then-current versions of DC’s characters.Also Read: 'Batman,' 'Wonder Woman,' 'Justice League' to Leave HBO Max in JulyBy the 1980s however, the sheer number of changes DC characters continued to go through — see Batman in 1962 vs Batman in 1979 –expanded the multiverse to the point it was no longer easy to keep up with various continuity snarls. DC fixed that problem with a massive crossover event, 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths,” which merged everything into a single universe and started over, notably rebooting “Superman” with a new origin story and resetting his comic to issue 1.It’s not difficult to imagine that DC would try to do something similar now with its film universe. While having a multiverse in a huge superhero franchise might have seemed crazy a few years ago, Marvel introduced the multiverse concept in its films with “Avengers: Endgame.” Considering how much money that movie made, it looks like audiences can handle it. And for DC, there are endless possibilities with the multiverse.For one thing, it’s a way for Warner Bros to keep all the parts of the DCEU that people like (like “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman”) while also rebooting the parts of it that haven’t panned out. Basically, they can reboot things without actually tearing down the franchise and starting over. On top of that, all the DC movies that aren’t part of the DCEU could retroactively be added to it. Think about it: if Keaton’s Batman in in the DCEU, then that would in turn put both of Tim Burton’s “Batman” movies in the DCEU as well.And the Snyder Cut! These multiverse shenanigans could make it so that both Joss Whedon’s and Zack Snyder’s versions of “Justice League” are a part of the DCEU canon. Without the multiverse, that would absolutely not be possible because the two versions contradict each other.Likewise, they could bring Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker into the DCEU, or Ryan Reynolds’s Green Lantern, or Halle Berry’s Catwoman. Or, while we’re dreaming, Christian Bale’s Batman.And it’s certainly possible that the DCEU could start to cross over with DC’s television shows. There’s actually already been a little bit of this already with the CW’s version of the “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” which not only briefly brought Ezra Miller’s Flash together with Grant Gustin’s version of the character, but also brought back Brandon Routh’s version of Superman.And yeah, the logistics of all this might be complicated. That’s why we don’t really wanna get to deep into how they could bring the “Justice League” Snyder Cut into the canon. We could spend all day formulating theories, but we’d probably be wrong about how it will work. This is one of those things we’re just going to have to watch over time to see how it plays out.Regardless, the possibilities are inarguably endless, but we should be clear that we can’t know yet how far Warner Bros and DC will take this. For now, we just know that Michael Keaton’s Batman will cross over from his standalone movies into this shared universe. What they choose to do after that remains to be seen.Maybe they’ll explore the multiverse further, and maybe it’ll be a one-time thing. Right now, it could very well be that nobody knows for sure what will come next.Read original story What Michael Keaton’s Return As Batman Could Mean for the DCEU and the Snyder Cut At TheWrap

  • 'Batman Forever' at 25: Test your trivia knowledge with our super-hard quiz
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    'Batman Forever' at 25: Test your trivia knowledge with our super-hard quiz

    This month, we celebrate 25 years since Batman Forever first debuted in cinemas.

  • Iconic ‘Batman’ Writer Denny O’Neil Dies at 81
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    Iconic ‘Batman’ Writer Denny O’Neil Dies at 81

    Iconic “Batman” comic book writer and editor Denny O’Neil has passed away at 81. O’Neil died of natural causes on the night of June 11.“RIP Denny O’ Neil–one of visionary architects of DC Comics who helped revive Batman in the 1970’s and remains my favorite Green Lantern writer to date,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Publisher and Chief Creative Officer in a statement on Twitter.RIP Denny O’ Neil—one of visionary architects of DC Comics who helped revive Batman in the 1970’s and remains my favorite Green Lantern writer to date. Through his editing and writing, Denny was one of the earliest writers whose work and focus on social issues pushed comics 1/ pic.twitter.com/5zqmD4Wz7T— Jim Lee (@JimLee) June 12, 2020O’Neil is best known for his work on Batman, as well as editing DC’s Batman titles from 1986-2000. Along with legendary comic book artist Neal Adams and editor Julius Schwartz, O’Neil revitalized Batman in the early ’70s after the campiness of the Batman 1960s TV series by taking the character back to his darker roots and to the formula originated by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. O’Neil also helped revitalized the Joker and Two Face as DC villains, and oversaw the Death of Jason Todd, the second Robin.Also Read: 'Batman,' 'Wonder Woman,' 'Justice League' to Leave HBO Max in JulyDuring his ’70s run, O’Neil created/co-created Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, Leslie Tompkins and Richard Dragon. Liam Neeson played Ra’s al ghul in Cristopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins.” Marion Cotillard portrayed Talia al Ghul in “The Dark Knight Rises.”It was O’Neil’s vision and the groundwork he laid during his ’70s run on “Batman” that director Tim Burton leaned for the 1989 “Batman” film. O’Neil ended up writing the movie’s comic book adaptation, which was recently reissued in a Deluxe Edition Hardcover.O’Neil along with Adams revitalized the Green Lantern and Green Arrow characters by teaming them up in the comics. O’Neil had a stint at Marvel in the ’80s where he worked on comics like “Daredevil,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and created the Obadiah Stane villain in “Iron Man” which Jeff Bridges play in 2008’s “Iron Man.”O’Neil eventually branched out into writing television and his credits include “Batman: The Animated Series” which adapted “The Demon’s Quest” comic written originally by O’Neil into a two part episode which he also scripted. His other television credits include”Logan’s Run,” “Superboy,” and “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.”Read original story Iconic ‘Batman’ Writer Denny O’Neil Dies at 81 At TheWrap

  • 10 actors who could play Joker in Matt Reeves' 'Batman' series
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    10 actors who could play Joker in Matt Reeves' 'Batman' series

    Rumours suggest the Joker may be back on the big screen before long. But who will be the next actor to play the cackling Batman baddie?

  • Superhero movie fans share their favourite films of the genre
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    Superhero movie fans share their favourite films of the genre

    There's a lot of spandex-clad action to choose from.

  • Robert Pattinson found out he was ‘Batman’ on the first day of ‘Tenet’
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    Robert Pattinson found out he was ‘Batman’ on the first day of ‘Tenet’

    Robert Pattinson discovered that he was the new Batman on the very first day of production on Tenet.

  • Ruby Rose's Batwoman Exit: The Story Behind Her Shocking Departure
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    Ruby Rose's Batwoman Exit: The Story Behind Her Shocking Departure

    Ruby Rose wanted off Batwoman — and no one was going to stand in her way. Although the actress' sudden, surprising departure from The CW superhero drama after just one season was framed on Tuesday as her choice and her choice alone, sources confirm to TVLine that the split was — at best — a mutual one. […]

  • 10 actors who gave up on iconic movie roles
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    10 actors who gave up on iconic movie roles

    They played these roles once, but they didn't want to step into the famous costumes again.

  • Robert Pattinson explains how his Batman might differ from previous versions
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    Robert Pattinson explains how his Batman might differ from previous versions

    The 33-year-old actor says the weight of expectation around Matt Reeves’ superhero reboot has made him “a little kind of spicy”.

  • Andy Serkis says 'The Batman' is going to be the darkest incarnation yet
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    Andy Serkis says 'The Batman' is going to be the darkest incarnation yet

    Andy Serkis says the upcoming Batman film will be darker and broodier than the previous cinematic incarnations.

  • Val Kilmer reveals incident that led to him quitting as Batman
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    Val Kilmer reveals incident that led to him quitting as Batman

    Val Kilmer has opened up about his decision to quit as Batman after just one movie.

  • Darren Aronofsky's 'Batman' fell apart because he wanted to cast Joaquin Phoenix
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    Darren Aronofsky's 'Batman' fell apart because he wanted to cast Joaquin Phoenix

    Darren Aronofksy has opened up about his planned Batman movie, admitting it fell apart because Warner Bros wanted to cast Freddie Prinze Jr.

  • 'The Batman' composer Michael Giacchino being given 'total freedom' in his new theme music
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    'The Batman' composer Michael Giacchino being given 'total freedom' in his new theme music

    Recent Batman movies scores have been bombastic, heavily orchestral affairs.

  • Zoe Kravitz on her gruelling Catwoman training for 'The Batman'
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    Zoe Kravitz on her gruelling Catwoman training for 'The Batman'

    Zoe Kravitz says her training to be The Batman's Catwoman has been “grueling."

  • 'The Batman' director Matt Reeves shares first images of the new Batmobile
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    'The Batman' director Matt Reeves shares first images of the new Batmobile

    "The Batman" director reveals multiple image of costumed star Robert Pattinson behind the wheel of the latest version of classic car.

  • Zoe Kravitz says it was 'scary' becoming Catwoman for 'The Batman'
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    Zoe Kravitz says it was 'scary' becoming Catwoman for 'The Batman'

    Zoe Kravitz has admitted it was a little scary becoming Catwoman for the upcoming Batman movie.

  • 'The Batman': The hidden clues you might have missed in the Batsuit reveal
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    'The Batman': The hidden clues you might have missed in the Batsuit reveal

    The first look at Robert Pattinson's Batsuit raises some interesting questions about Matt Reeves' 'The Batman'.

  • ‘The Batman': First Look at Robert Pattinson as The Dark Knight (Video)
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    ‘The Batman': First Look at Robert Pattinson as The Dark Knight (Video)

    Warner Bros has revealed the first look of Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight in the upcoming film “The Batman” from Matt Reeves.Check out the video above of Pattinson’s camera test, released Thursday by WB.Production is currently underway in the United Kingdom.The cast includes Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton, also known as the Riddler and John Turturro is playing Carmine Falcone. TheWrap previously reported that Andy Serkis is in talks to play Alfred Pennyworth and that Colin Farrell is in talks to star as The Penguin. Jeffrey Wright is playing Commissioner Gordon, Peter Saarsgard is playing the role of Wasserman, while Jayme Lawson is set to star as well.Also Read: Peter Sarsgaard Joins Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz in Matt Reeves' 'The Batman'Reeves has described his film as a “defining” and “very personal” story about the Dark Knight, rather than an origin story in the vein of Frank Miller’s beloved “Year One” series. According to insiders with knowledge of the project, Reeves’ film will explore Bruce Wayne’s second year as the Dark Knight detective.“The Batman” will be released on June 25, 2021.Read original story ‘The Batman': First Look at Robert Pattinson as The Dark Knight (Video) At TheWrap

  • Warner Bros to launch world's first Batman-themed restaurant 'Park Row' in London
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    Warner Bros to launch world's first Batman-themed restaurant 'Park Row' in London

    Batman fans will get to experience Gotham's underworld for themselves, with restaurants inspired by Harley Quinn and The Penguin.

  • Margot Robbie: 'Birds of Prey' holds Hollywood accountable for 'embarrassing' lack of female directors (exclusive)
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    Margot Robbie: 'Birds of Prey' holds Hollywood accountable for 'embarrassing' lack of female directors (exclusive)

    Margot Robbie, the star and producer of the new DC film, says the lack of diversity behind the camera in Hollywood is "embarrassing".

  • Josh Hartnett recalls turning down Superman
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    Josh Hartnett recalls turning down Superman

    Josh Hartnett has looked to clear up rumours about which superhero movies he nearly took, admitting he turned down Superman.

  • Why Batman is the perfect superhero for Robert Pattinson
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    Why Batman is the perfect superhero for Robert Pattinson

    Batman has always appealed to Robert Pattinson, as the property has felt different to other blockbusters. 

  • Laurel and Hardy, Batman and Paddington to be honoured with Leicester Square statues
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    Laurel and Hardy, Batman and Paddington to be honoured with Leicester Square statues

    Leicester Square was first home to a cinema in 1930, with the first premiere taking place there in 1937.

  • Colin Farrell confirmed as The Penguin in 'The Batman'
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    Colin Farrell confirmed as The Penguin in 'The Batman'

    Director Matt Reeves has confirmed that Colin Farrell will indeed be starring in The Batman.