Holy nostalgia, Batman! Michael Keaton is in talks to return as DC's Caped Crusader

Brian Truitt

Just as Robert Pattinson readies to don the Dark Knight's cape and cowl on the big screen, an old Batman may be getting back in the superhero game.

Michael Keaton, who starred in Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" and the 1992 sequel "Batman Returns," is in talks to reprise his role as DC's Batarang-throwing icon in an upcoming "Flash" movie, a person familiar with the negotiation but not authorized to speak publicly about it confirms to USA TODAY. The Wrap first reported the news Monday.

According to The Wrap, "The Flash" – which brings back "Justice League" star Ezra Miller as the Scarlet Speedster – is a multiverse-spanning story loosely inspired by the 2011 DC Comics event comic book "Flashpoint" and will catch up with Keaton's Batman 30 years after moviegoers last saw him. Directed by "It" director Andy Muschietti, "The Flash" is hoping to start filming next year.

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Michael Keaton in Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" film.

Keaton hung up the utility belt after his second turn as Batman, but has returned to the world of costumed heroes a couple of times since. He starred in quirky best picture winner "Birdman," the 2014 dark comedy that cast Keaton as a washed-up actor known for playing a masked avenger onscreen, and had a supporting role as the villainous Vulture in Marvel's 2017 blockbuster "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

Don't worry, though, RPatzz faithful: Keaton's involvement in the DC cinematic universe doesn't affect Matt Reeves' upcoming "The Batman" film, according to The Wrap, and Pattinson is still seen as the future hero of that franchise.