Michael Keaton in talks to return as Batman in The Flash movie

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The Flash movie could bring back Michael Keaton as an ageing Batman, according to a new report.

TheWrap details how Keaton is currently in early talks with Warner Bros. to reprise the role he played in 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns. There's still a chance things will fall through, but if everything works out, Keaton will appear as Batman in an alternate universe accidentally created by The Flash after the character travels back in time to save his own mother. The Flash movie will be loosely based on the Flashpoint DC Comics storyline from 2011, so that will just be the start of the mind-bending dimension-hopping.

The Flash will re-introduce Keaton as Bruce Wayne 30 years after the events of Batman Returns, disregarding the events of its two sequels Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. We'll have to wait and see if a later movie ever reintroduces the Nippleverse to the DCEU.

While Keaton may reprise his role as an alternate universe Batman in The Flash, this does not mean any changes are in store for Robert Pattinson's upcoming role as the caped crusader. According to the report, The Batman is "still viewed as the future of the franchise". That said, The Batman is supposed to take place earlier in Batman's crime-fighting career and focus more on his detective skills, so we guess it's also the past of the franchise. And eventually, this is all going to link back up into another Justice League movie, right?

All we know, for now, is that the Batman Who Can't Move His Head is returning, and that should have everyone very excited.

Find more supers to get excited about in our big list of upcoming superhero movies. 

Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.