ICM Partners, Michael Keaton’s talent agency, has announced that the actor will reprise his role as Batman in “The Flash.”According to director Andrés Muschietti’s Instagram post, the superhero film officially began production in London on Monday.Keaton was in talks to reprise his role as Batman after nearly three decades, in Waking Life alongside Ezra Miller.Last month, however, Keaton sparked outrage among fans when he hinted in an interview with Deadline that he could not do “The Flash” due to his reservations about COVID-19.“To be honest with you, you know what worries me more than anything about all this stuff? It’s COVID,” Keaton said at the time.
“I’m more concerned.I keep my eye more on the COVID situation in the UK 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.”
After Burton was forced out as director and replaced by Joel Schumacher, who took the series in a campier direction with 1995’s “Batman Forever” and its reviled 1997 follow-up, “Batman & Robin,” Keaton left the role of Batman during the production of a third film.