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Michael Keaton is playing Batman again. Here’s what we know

Keaton first donned the mask and cape in Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ film over 30 years ago

Michael Keaton arrives at the Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Michael Keaton arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
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Michael Keaton will don the Batman suit once more for the upcoming DC movie “The Flash,” directed by Andy Muschietti and starring Ezra Miller.

According to The Wrap, a representative from Keaton’s talent agency, ICM Partners, has confirmed the actor’s involvement with the project.

Yahoo! Entertainment reports that production for “The Flash” is now underway in London, and the film’s director took to social media to announce the first day of filming. In an Instagram post, Muschietti shared a brief video that shows the film’s official logo paired with a portion of its score.

“The Flash” will be loosely based on a 2011 DC comic storyline titled “Flashpoint.” In the “Flashpoint” comic, Barry Allen (aka The Flash) runs back in time to prevent the untimely death of his mother, but in so doing the speedy hero creates an alternate universe, Collider reports. It’s suspected that the alternate universe will be watched over by Keaton’s Batman, who is now more than 30 years removed from when he first put on the mask in Tim Burton’s 1989 film.

In a conversation with Deadline in March, Keaton disclosed that he might not participate in “The Flash due to COVID-19 concerns. He said at the time:

“To be honest with you, you know what worries me more than anything about all this stuff (playing a superhero)? ... It’s COVID. ... I keep my eye more on the COVID situation in the U.K. than anything. That will determine everything, and so that’s why I’m living outside the city here on 17 acres, staying away from everybody, because the COVID thing has got me really concerned. So, 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.”

AV Club reports that rumors of Keaton’s role in “The Flash” first started circulating last summer. During that time, Ben Affleck was also rumored to make an appearance as the caped crusader, though it’s unclear at this time if Affleck is currently involved with the project.