Michael Keaton Is Reprising His Role as Batman Once Again

The actor has signed on to the HBO Max 'Batgirl' film

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Dec 23, 2021

Hark! Amid the glow of Christmas lights, another radiant beam appears: the bat-signal is calling upon Michael Keaton to reprise his portrayal of the Caped Crusader yet again in the forthcoming HBO Max Batgirl film from Warner Bros.

After originating the titular hero in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman and, well, returning in 1992's Batman Returns, the actor is set to reprise his role for the first time in 30 years.

New broke last year that he'll be Batman once again, appearing alongside Ben Affleck in Ezra Miller-helmed The Flash (due November 4, 2022) — and now he'll be suiting up not once, but twice.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, Keaton has joined the cast of Batgirl as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film is the first centring on DC fan-favourite Barbara Gordon.

Bad Boys for Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are set to direct the HBO Max exclusive, with Leslie Grace (In the Heights) tapped as the lead. J.K. Simmons is reprising his Justice League role as Commissioner Gordon — Barbara's father — and Brendan Fraser is also in the cast, rumoured to play a villain called Firefly.

Batgirl has already begun production in London, UK, but has no release date as of yet.

Keaton's most recent credits include Netflix's 9/11 film Worth and Martin Campbell's The Protégé. Meanwhile, his fellow Batman Affleck has found a doppelgänger in Ryan Reynolds.

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