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After months of rumors and speculation, it has finally been confirmed that Michael Keaton will return as Batman in Warner Bros.' The Flash movie.

The 69-year-old actor played Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 1989 classic Batman and 1992's Batman Returns, though there were rumors he was returning for months.

The actor's agency, ICM Partners, confirmed Monday to The Wrap that Keaton will return, while director Andy Muschietti revealed the official logo and announced filming has gotten under way.

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'Here we go!!! THE FLASH Day 1,' Muschietti said in his Instagram post, along with the hashtag #theflashmovie.

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While he did not comment on Michael Keaton's casting, it was first reported back in June 2020 that he was in talks to return as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

The Flash plot will reportedly introduce the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) 'multiverse,' with Keaton portraying a Bruce Wayne/Batman in a universe separate from the one that has played out in the DCEU movies thus far.

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Still, there was no word on the casting for months, until Keaton himself hinted in an interview with Deadline in March that he was hesitant to take on the role because he was worried about COVID-19 in the U.K., where filming is taking place.

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'It’s Covid. I’m more concerned. I keep my eye more on the Covid situation in the UK than anything,' Keaton said.

'That will determine everything, and so that’s why I’m living outside the city here on 17 acres, staying away from everybody, because the Covid thing has got me really concerned. So, that’s my first thing about all projects. I look at it and go, is this thing going to kill me, literally? And you know, if it doesn’t, then we talk,' he added.

Michael Keaton wearing a suit and tie: Hinted: Still, there was no word on the casting for months, until Keaton himself hinted in an interview with Deadline in March that he was hesitant to take on the role because he was worried about COVID-19 in the U.K., where filming is taking place © Provided by Daily Mail Hinted: Still, there was no word on the casting for months, until Keaton himself hinted in an interview with Deadline in March that he was hesitant to take on the role because he was worried about COVID-19 in the U.K., where filming is taking place

Keaton's 1989 Batman is considered one of the first films that truly opened Hollywood's eyes to the box office potential of superhero movies.

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Batman earned a whopping $251.3 million in 1989 (equivalent to $536.1 million today) as the highest-grossing movie at the domestic box office, with $411.5 million worldwide.

Keaton returned in 1992's Batman Returns, which earned $162.9 million domestic and $266.8 million worldwide, though he quit was replaced by Val Kilmer in 1995's Batman Forever.

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The Flash movie is said to be loosely based on the 2011 comic series known as Flashpoint, where Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) tries to travel back in time to prevent the death of his mother.

In doing so, he inadvertently creates a whole other universe, which is watched over by Keaton's Batman, 30 years after the events of Batman Forever.

The Flash movie is said to ignore 1995's Batman Forever and 1997's Batman and Robin, and show what Keaton's Batman has been doing for the past 30 years.

Michael Keaton in a suit standing in front of a building: Multiverse: In doing so, he inadvertently creates a whole other universe, which is watched over by Keaton's Batman, 30 years after the events of Batman Forever © Provided by Daily Mail Multiverse: In doing so, he inadvertently creates a whole other universe, which is watched over by Keaton's Batman, 30 years after the events of Batman Forever Flash movie: The Flash movie is said to ignore 1995's Batman Forever and 1997's Batman and Robin, and show what Keaton's Batman has been doing for the past 30 years © Provided by Daily Mail Flash movie: The Flash movie is said to ignore 1995's Batman Forever and 1997's Batman and Robin, and show what Keaton's Batman has been doing for the past 30 years Read more

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