Michael Keaton’s Batman Returns in a Bloody Tease From Flash Director Andy Muschietti

A close-up on the chest area and logo of Michael Keaton's original Batman costume.
The poster for Tim Burton’s Batman.
Image: Warner Bros.

From the looks of things, director Andy Muschietti’s upcoming The Flash is set to expand the DCEU in a significant way by using the titular speedster’s penchant for mucking up timelines in order to broach the larger DC multiverse, and bring another, familiar Batman back to the big screen.

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Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne will be joined by Michael Keaton’s as The Flash’s story brings the Dark Knights together in order to do something involving Barry Allen. Though details about the new movie are still thin, today, Muschietti posted a cryptic image of the emblem from the Batman suit Keaton wore in Tim Burton’s 1989 film. Aside from some dust, the only think of note about the photo is the globules of blood dripping from Batman’s icon, suggesting that someone’s just gotten a royal beatdown.

The blood staining the yellow of Batman’s icon also reads vaguely like an allusion to Watchmen, which likely isn’t coincidental, but doesn’t necessarily mean anything about The Flash’s plot. We’re still a year out from The Flash hitting theaters, meaning we’re going to start seeing more concrete information about it in the upcoming weeks and months that may add a new significance to this new photo.

The Flash is set to hit theaters on November 4, 2022.


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Charles Pulliam-Moore is an NYC-based culture critic whose work centers on fandom, pop culture, politics, race, and sexuality. He still thinks Cyclops made a few valid points.

DISCUSSION

Mathew

I wonder how this will down with general audiences, coming out a year after (if the speculation is accurate) Spider-Man does basically the same thing.