Michael Keaton on playing Batman again in ‘The Flash’: ‘I get this on a whole other level now’

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Michael Keaton is putting the Batsuit back on.

After playing the Caped Crusader in the 1989 film “Batman” and its 1992 sequel “Batman Returns,” the 69-year-old will reprise the role in the upcoming film “The Flash.”

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While previously being coy about taking on the superhero again, Keaton is now opening up about revisiting the character nearly 30 years later.

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“Frankly, in the back of my head, I always thought, ‘I bet I could go back and nail that mother[expletive],’” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “And so I thought, ‘Well, now that they’re asking me, let me see if I can pull that off.’”

His decision to go back to Gotham City happened despite admitting he’s not a big fan of the genre.

“After the first Batman, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an entire [comic book] movie,” Keaton told the outlet. “I just never got around to it. So you’re talking to a guy who wasn’t in the zeitgeist of that whole world. When I went down to do the Marvel things in Atlanta … It’s an entire city dedicated to Marvel … They’ll be doing Marvel movies forever. I’ll be dead, and they’ll still be doing Marvel movies.”

His experience the third time around proved to be enlightening to the Oscar winner.

“What’s really interesting is how much more I got [Batman] when I went back and did him. I get this on a whole other level now,” he continued. “I totally respect it. I respect what people are trying to make. I never looked at it like, ‘Oh, this is just a silly thing.’ It was not a silly thing when I did Batman. But it has become a giant thing, culturally. It’s iconic.”

“The Flash,” which stars Ezra Miller in the titular role, is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 4, 2022.

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