Batman’s status quo in the DCEU has become increasingly confusing in recent years. Ben Affleck originally filled the heroic role in three movies, but has since disappeared off the face of the earth. It’s about to get even more confusing because the flash brings back Michael Keaton’s 80s Batman and sets him up to replace Affleck in the future.
After DC’s game-changing speedster movie change, Keaton was well-positioned to make his next screen appearance in HBO Max’s bat girl film. Old Bruce Wayne was said to serve as a mentor to Leslie Grace’s Barbara Gordon and much of the DC Universe in the future, but that all got a whole lot more complicated.
Not only has bat girl been canceled by the new Warner Bros. regime. Discovery, but Keaton’s rumor Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom cameo was replaced by Affleck. While things don’t look good for Keaton’s future in the DCEU, new details have emerged regarding the role he would have played in bat girl.
Michael Keaton’s Batgirl Role Revealed
Fandango’s Erik Davis and The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez recently held a Twitter spaces in which insiders revealed details about HBO Max bat girl. Their discussion followed recent “funeral screenings” held at Warner Bros. for the cast and crew of the DC film after its cancellation.
Gonzalez revealed that a source who saw the last cut said Michael Keaton’s Batman was “Appropriate for age” and “retired” in the film, with his role amounting to a “a crucial appearance when he enters and exits:”
“I asked how Keaton was in it at least, and I was told he was good. He plays Bruce Wayne/Batman depending on his age, he has white hair when he’s Bruce Wayne. And the most important thing here is that his Batman is retired.’ But he obviously shows up to help and advise Barbara Gordon (Leslie Grace). But he’s not really into it, but he has a presence when he’s into it, and it’s kind of a central cameo when he goes in and out.
The insider also discussed the quality of bat girl, with the source comparing the film to a “expensive CW driver:”
“A source of mine said, ‘I’ve seen Batgirl, definitely not the worst superhero movie, but finally I understand why they pulled the right. “I asked this individual to elaborate a bit more and was told he was basically an expensive CW pilot, which I heard.
They then noted how the movie plays like “lighter and more comical” with a “very good action game at the end,” while confirming the autonomy of 1h40:
“He plays like a very expensive CW pilot. It’s not really a strong movie, the tone is just very CW, lacking in depth, lighter and more comedic, which is odd because Michael Keaton is in it. is finally lighter than his Tim Burton films. Currently it’s around an hour and 40 minutes plus. It’s basically an hour and 40 minute CW pilot. With a nice action set at the end from what I’ve been told. And again, this isn’t the worst superhero movie I’ve ever seen.
Finally, Gonzalez noted how bat girl doesn’t “to feel cinematic”, how clear the movie was “shot for television as for HBO Max:”
“It’s obviously shot for TV like it was for HBO Max. So it’s like it’s all center stage and I’m told it just doesn’t look cinematic, which they would have Probably could fix it if they had taken a few more photos, but eventually the powers that be decided it wasn’t worth the tens of millions it would have cost to make it.
Will Michael Keaton’s Batman Return After The Flash?
Quality is always subjective, but this insider’s comments certainly explain why bat girl ended up being cancelled. Warner Bros. With Discovery only seeming to be interested in movies on the big screen, this HBO Max original doesn’t seem like it could have made it to theaters, especially given the comparisons to CW TV and a lack of cinematic feel.
Michael Keaton’s Batman Being Tilted As A Retired Mentor In bat girl should indicate the direction DC will take him in future projects if the plan is still for him to come back after the flash. This concept may sound intriguing to some, but probably dull to most who hope to see a full-fledged crime-fighting Dark Knight in Gotham in the DCEU.
But with bat girl canceled and Keaton replaced by Affleck in Aquaman 2, maybe Warner Bros. can go back to previous plans. This theory is particularly highlighted by the submarine sequel which now comes after the flashby then Keaton should be in a firm position to replace Affleck.
Even if DC doesn’t choose to keep Keaton as the first Caped Crusader, that doesn’t mean he can’t return in the future. The former Bruce Wayne could still take part in potential multi-versal events and maybe even appear in a live action batman beyond adaptation in his own universe as he trains a young Terry McGinnis.
Only time will tell what the future holds, but for now Michael Keaton will return as Batman in the flash, which will be released in theaters on June 23, 2023.