Michael Keaton reveals he’s undecided on Batman role in The Flash movie, says COVID-19 will ‘determine everything’


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  • Keaton says he currently is working on another project and hasn’t looked at “The Flash” script.
  • He’s also concerned about COVID-19 when filming begins.
  • “I keep my eye more on the COVID situation in the UK than anything,” he said. “That will determine everything.”

Michael Keaton admits he’s still trying to figure out if he’s going to play the Dark Knight again.

In an interview with Deadline, the actor who was the first to play Batman on the big screen in Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman,” says he has not officially committed to reprising the character for the upcoming “The Flash” movie.

“I am needing a minute to think about it because I’m so fortunate and blessed, I got so much going on now,” Keaton said.

The “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star said that right now he’s focused on another project and that he hasn’t gotten around to diving into “The Flash” material.

a group of people standing next to a person: 2017 Justice League: Two hours.Zack Snyder's Justice League: Four hours, broken down into six chapter and an epilogue.  In an interview with Vanity Fair, Zack Snyder said one of his earliest clashes with Warner Bros. four years ago was over the film's length, with the studio wanting it to come in at two hours long. "How am I supposed to introduce six characters and an alien with potential for world domination in two hours?" he reasoned. "I mean, I can do it, it can be done. Clearly it was done," Snyder added, referring to Joss Whedon's version. "But I didn't see it." And Snyder is fully aware of the response many have to the long running, time, facetiously joking in The New York Times, "It's like The Irishman, but with action. You could say that. That's a fine review. You could also say it's the Godfather of superhero movies. That's another fine review." Now, reminder: SPOILER WARNING!

“To tell you the truth, somewhere on my iPad is an iteration of the whole Flash thing,” he said. “I called them and said, ‘I have to be honest with you, I can’t look at anything right now.’ I’m not being cute or coy. If I talked about it, I’ll be just bulls—ing you. I don’t really know. I have to look at the last draft.”

a close up of a person wearing a mask: Michael Keaton as Batman. Warner Bros./"Batman"© Warner Bros./”Batman” Michael Keaton as Batman. Warner Bros./”Batman”Keaton also added that COVID-19 cases when filming begins will also factor into his decision.

“I keep my eye more on the COVID situation in the UK than anything,” he said. “That will determine everything. That’s my first thing about all projects. I look at it and go, is this thing going to kill me, literally? And you know, if it doesn’t, then we talk.”

The internet went wild when news broke last June that Keaton was in talks to return to the role for “The Flash.”

The story revolves around the 2011 DC Comics crossover “Flashpoint” in which The Flash (played by Erza Miller) will travel back in time to prevent the death of his mother. The result leads to another universe being created in which Keaton’s Batman is involved.

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