The film “The Flash” might bring the audience back to Tim Burton’s Gotham City. At this point, most people know that the film will feature Michael Keaton reprising his role as the Dark Knight from “Batman” (1989) and its sequel, Burton’s “Batman Returns” (1992). Leaked photos suggesting that his appearance will include a return of Wayne Manor, and Keaton’s classic Batmobile have been leaked in other images from the set.
Now, The Daily Record reports that the crew for the film “The Flash” is scheduled to arrive in Scotland next month to begin work on the film. According to reports, parts of Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland will be transformed into “recreating the gothic scene” of the classic Batman film directed by Tim Burton, which will appear as a flashback.
If production does recreate the Gotham City as reported, it suggests that we’ll see a lot more from the Batman Burton universe than just Keaton popping off the screen to say hello. “It is absolutely exciting for DC Comic fans that the film crew is returning to the city. It’s great news for Glasgow and Edinburgh that once again the extraordinary architecture will be showcased in a film of such magnitude,” claimed a Daily Record source.
Michael Keaton’s return is made possible in The Flash via the storyline of the multiverse. In the film, Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) travels back in time to prevent his mother’s murder, which inadvertently triggers catastrophic consequences for his current timeline.
Engaging multiple timelines also allows different Batman actors to appear, as Ben Affleck is also set to play his version of Bruce Wayne one last time in an upcoming film. It’s unclear if Batfleck will meet Batman in the Keaton film, but it will definitely be a memorable scene.
The cast of “The Flash” also includes Sasha Calle as Supergirl, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Maribel Verdu, and Ron Livingston. Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Rudy Mancuso will appear in an undisclosed role. Given the nature of the multiverse storyline, there’s no telling who else might appear in the film, and we’ll likely see some surprises too.
Even though his casting has been widely publicized, Keaton told Deadline in March that he still wasn’t 100% on board. At the time, the Batman star said it all depended on the state of the pandemic and whether it was safe enough for him to travel to filming locations and film with the cast and crew. It has since been reported that Keaton is good to go and Wayne Manor / Gotham City appears to confirm his involvement.
Andy Muschietti directed The Flash using a screenplay by Christina Hodson. Michael Disco and Barbara Muschietti are producers. As of now, the film is slated for release in the United States on November 4, 2022. For Batman fans, “The Flash” may also be the beginning of presenting Keaton at the DCEU.