Michael Keaton had tossed across the thought of returning as Batman for years, in line with an August 2021 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Frankly, at the back of my head, I at all times thought, ‘I guess I might return and nail that motherf*****r,’ ” he mentioned. It wasn’t till he learn Christina Hodson’s script for “The Flash,” nevertheless, that he noticed a gap for him. He went on to elucidate how, regardless that it is the identical character, he approached his efficiency with a contemporary understanding of the function’s legacy:
“What’s actually fascinating is how far more I bought [Batman] once I went again and did him. I get this on an entire different stage now. I completely respect it. I respect what individuals are making an attempt to make. I by no means checked out it like, ‘Oh, that is only a foolish factor.’ It was not a foolish factor once I did Batman. However it has turn into an enormous factor, culturally. It is iconic. So I’ve much more respect for it as a result of what do I do know? This can be a huge deal on the planet to folks. You have to honor that and be respectful of that. Even I’m going, ‘Jesus, that is large.'”
Director Andy Muschietti even instructed IGN not too long ago that Keaton bought a bit emotional on set, describing how his eyes went broad when trying on the Batcave and asking for a picture of himself in the suit to send to his grandson. “One thing was occurring there,” Muschietti noticed. Contemplating the truth that the unique “Batman” helped launch trendy superhero motion pictures within the first place, Keaton’s journey has come full circle.