The most recent that we will see someone play the character of Batman is by Robert Pattinson in The Batman releasing in 2022, directed by Matt Reeves. But even that was put into question when recently it was discovered that Pattinson is on the last string of his patience regarding his director, Matt Reeves’s behavior. So much so that he is even ready to quit. And if that happens, DC is going to take a severe hit because the movie has also released its trailer, and it will completely botch their continuity if Pattinson sabotages one of the main characters of DC. But talking about Batman, another controversy has been noticed, which is really amusing. A report that Michael Keaton is set to replace Ben Affleck as the main Batman in the DC Extended Universe has been shot down.
Let’s get to the root of this commotion. It all started when The New York Times reporter Brooks Barnes replied to an intrigued fan concerning how many Batman franchises Warner Bros. is planning in regard to Batman. One franchise we all know is The Batman by Robert Pattinson, and when Barnes was asked if Keaton would headline the second franchise all by himself, he simply replied, “Keaton,” leading to Batman Beyond trending on Twitter. However, Barnes has since then cleared up any confusion and emphasized that he was referring to Keaton’s Flash appearance.
Hi @brooksbarnesNYT. Based on your Hamada piece, some have interpreted that WB is doing 2 franchises starring Batman, one with Pattinson, one with a new actor. Is that correct, or you were referring to Keaton as a second Batman, being part of a non-Batman-centric saga? Thank you!
— Nestor Cine (@NestorCine) January 2, 2021
Been offline (moving apartments) and return to see this Michael Keaton craziness. I was referring to the *one film* that Keaton has been announced as being in, not a set of his own Batman films. If I had info on him beyond "The Flash," I would have obviously put it in my article
— Brooks Barnes (@brooksbarnesNYT) January 5, 2021
“Been offline (moving apartments) and return to see this Michael Keaton craziness,” Barnes tweeted. “I was referring to the *one film* that Keaton has been announced as being in, not a set of his own Batman films. If I had info on him beyond The Flash, I would have obviously put it in my article.”
Barnes has interviews DC Films president Walter Hamada regarding the company’s plan to release up to 4 theatrical DC films a year. But not now, this will commence in 2022. In addition to this, DC Films and WarnerMedia are planning to put out an additional two movies per year, solely as HBO Max exclusives. But both the production houses are still thinking hard about this decision.
The New York Times summarized and theorized that the films released exclusively on HBO Max are going to be a riskier project, such as the Michael B. Jordan-produced Static Shock and even the much-awaited Batgirl. That is why they are speculating on which movie should be left out for an exclusive HBO Max. No specific announcement on which film go to HBO Max has been announced yet, but Hamada said, “With every movie that we’re looking at now, we are thinking, ‘What’s the potential Max spinoff?’”
Fans have long waited for the live-action movie adaptation of “Batman Beyond” which is the reason why it got trending so easily. Fans want to see Keaton playing an older Bruce Wayne, who guides and tutors his younger replacement, Terry McGinnis. Well, for that, Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond were just added to the HBO Max library in January.
Directed by Andy Muschietti from a script by Christina Hodson, The Flash stars Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck, and Billy Crudup. The film arrives in theaters on June 2, 2022.