It’s been revealed that there was a Michael Keaton solo Batman movie in the works over at Warner Bros. Pictures, but DC Studios has since cancelled the film. This new report comes via The Hot Mic podcast, in which pop culture journalist Jeff Sneider revealed that Warner Bros. was indeed developing a Michael Keaton Batman solo movie that was going to come out after The Flash movie.
I’m pretty devastated by this news since I was really looking forward to watching Michael Keaton play Batman again after The Flash film. It seems Warner Bros and DC Studios are moving away from having the Batman 1989 actor return as the Dark Knight in multiple projects. The idea originally was to have him turn up in The Flash, Batgirl and Aquaman 2. However, he’s now only going to be in The Flash movie – at least, I hope he’s still going in that movie.
No more solo Batman movie for Michael Keaton
According to Sneider, after DC Studios was formed back in October of this year, the company’s new co-CEOs, James Gunn and Peter Safran, have wasted no time in cancelling projects they feel they don’t need to make. One of those projects was a planned Batman solo movie that would star Keaton back as the Caped Crusader. Keaton first played the role in 1989 and is still one of the best actors to play Batman.
It was revealed that this movie had been written by Christina Hodson, who also wrote the scripts for Harley Quinn: Birds Of Prey, the now-cancelled Batgirl movie and The Flash film. It seems Warner Bros and DC Studios aren’t overly keen on working with Hodson again after The Flash movie is released in cinemas.
This cancelled movie was reportedly going to be a Batman Beyond film
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To make this whole story worse, The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez then revealed that this movie would be an adaptation of the Batman Beyond animated series from the late 1990s and early 2000s. The series focused on an older Bruce Wayne trying to fight crime in a futuristic Gotham City. However, he had passed the mantle of Batman onto teenager Terry McGinnis. Bruce was acting as a mentor and helping this new Batman from the Batcave.
The late Kevin Conroy voiced Batman in the animated series, and it’s become a cult hit since it first aired. People have been clamouring for DC to do a live-action adaptation of Batman Beyond for years. We were informed a while back that there were plans to make a Batman Beyond live-action series for HBO Max. It seems as though those plans morphed into a movie with Michael Keaton, which has unfortunately been cancelled by the powers that be over at DC Studios.
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