As new DC Studios chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran look to reshape the DC Universe, they have reportedly nixed a solo Batman movie that would have starred Michael Keaton.
Keaton is currently set to make a thrilling return to the cape and cowl in 2023’s The Flash, pushing the boundaries of the DC Multiverse to new heights with his older and highly experienced Caped Crusader. But as James Gunn and Peter Safran start their path toward reimagining the DC Universe on the big screen, the franchise as a whole is facing a number of questions thanks to rumors of major changes already going into place.
Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel 2 has reportedly been shelved indefinitely, and rumors have also indicated that Jason Momoa’s time as Aquaman may also be finished. On top of that, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 3 now stands without director Patty Jenkins as Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) continues to retool and revamp the controversial DC story that’s coming in the next few years.
Now, reports have revealed yet another project that was reportedly stopped before it even got the chance to truly start.
Michael Keaton’s Solo Batman Return Nixed
Insider Jeff Sneider shared on The Hot Mic that Warner Bros. was developing a Michael Keaton-starring Batman solo movie that would follow his return in The Flash. However, after DC Studios was formed in October with the hiring of co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran, the duo reportedly killed such plans that would’ve brought the 71-year-old Keaton back as the titular Caped Crusader role that he first donned in 1989.
The now-axed revival movie was said to be written by Christina Hodson, who also penned the scripts for Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, The Flash, and the canceled Batgirl movie:
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