Michael Keaton, who is set to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming DC Extended Universe film The Flash, says he’d have no problem fitting into the batsuit he first wore back in 1989.
During a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Colbert asked Keaton if he thought he could still fit into the original suit. “I did. I do,” Keaton replied. When Colbert asked if the crew had to “let [the suit] out” at all, Keaton exclaimed, “No! No, no, no…” When Colbert commented that it’s been 30 years since Keaton first played Batman, the actor responded, “As svelte as ever, man… Same dimensions… Same fitting.”
Colbert then asked Keaton what it felt like to be Batman again. “Horrible,” Keaton joked. “No, it’s great. It’s great… I mean, I don’t know how many there are, like 77 Batmen… They should form their own union.” Colbert asked if there was any sort of “Batman Club” where Keaton hangs out with other actors who have played the Dark Knight, such as George Clooney and Robert Pattinson. Keaton said that there isn’t (at least not until the union forms).
Prior to Keaton donning the cowl, Batman had been played in live-action by Lewis G. Wilson in 1943, Robert Lowery in 1949 and, of course, Adam West in 1966. Keaton starred as the Caped Crusader in the beloved 1989 film Batman and its 1992 sequel, Batman Returns. Keaton then departed the film series, with Batman being played by Val Kilmer in 1995’s Batman Returns and by George Clooney in 1997’s Batman & Robin.
Batman has since undergone two major film reboots, being played by Christian Bale in director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and by Ben Affleck in the DCEU thus far. Another reboot is on the way, with Robert Pattinson set to star 2022’s The Batman. Bruce Wayne has also been portrayed in live-action on the small screen in recent years by the likes of David Mazouz and Batman: The Animated Series alum Kevin Conroy.
Interestingly, in addition to Keaton’s return, Affleck is also expected to reprise his role as Batman in The Flash, which will make use of the DC multiverse. The Flash also stars Ezra Miller as the titular hero, as well as Sasha Calle as Supergirl, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Maribel Verdú as Nora Allen and Ron Livingston as Henry Allen. Moreover, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Rudy Mancuso and Luke Brandon Field have been cast in undisclosed roles. Directed by Andy Muschietti, the film is scheduled for release on Nov. 4, 2022.
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