It sounds like Michael Keaton’s Bruce Wayne will be replacing Ben Affleck in the DC Comics Cinematic/Expanded Universe as The Hollywood Reporter is adding in their version of the Flash news that he is expected to also possibly join the Batgirl film among other films.
But wait, there’s more. If a deal makes, Keaton wouldn’t just return for Flash but possibly for several other DC-oriented film projects. Sources tell THR that the role being envisioned for the veteran actor is akin to the role played by Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something of a mentor or guide or even string puller. Batgirl is one the projects in development that could fall under that win.
This sort of sounds like they’re going to do Batman Beyond with a female protege instead, which sounds kind of badass to me.
However, this seems to be only in the early stages and fans need to be open to the idea this won’t come together.
If Keaton is going to become the main version of Bruce Wayne this would suggest that Robert Pattinson’s Batman might be taking place outside of the Expanded Universe, similar to how the Christopher Nolan films were their own thing.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER