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Charles Roven Talks “Batman V Superman” + Michael Keaton Open For Return To Batman!

By: Adam Basciano

Affleck Batman

Charles Roven, producer of “The Dark Knight Trilogy”, “Man of Steel”, and the upcoming “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and discussed what Chris Nolan’s role is with the new film, and the how and why of casting Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. He also explains what type of Batman we’ll see in the film.  Talk turned to Wonder Woman being in the film, where Mr. Roven said Wonder Woman was a Demi-God and the daughter of Zeus. This suggests that her origin will be inspired by New 52 continuity, which in my opinion is a good thing. Check out the video:

Former Batman on film, Michael Keaton recently spoke about his time in the cape & cowl while promoting his upcoming film “Birdman.” When asked if he would ever consider returning to Batman, Mr. Keaton said; “If it was Tim Burton directing? In a heartbeat.” Now while the likelihood of this scenario ever happening is slim to none, here’s a scenario where I think it could hypothetically be possible.  Ben Affleck will most likely fill the role of Batman for three films, “Batman V Superman”, “Justice League”, and a solo “Batman” film.  After that, we’ll probably need a new Batman. Warner Brothers could at this point decide to finally pull the trigger on a “Batman Beyond” film. “Batman Beyond” was originally an animated series where; Fueled by remorse and vengeance, a high schooler named Terry McGinnis revives the role of Batman. Under supervision of an elderly Bruce Wayne, he fights crime in a harsh futuristic Gotham. I would be completely onboard if Tim Burton was brought on board to direct, with Michael Keaton as the elderly, retired, but mentoring Bruce Wayne.  You could put Tim Burton’s “Batman” & “Batman Returns”, in a vague history.  You could even mention Joel Schumacher’s two travesty as a hallucination Batman once had due to Scarecrow’s fear toxin, and retroactively delete those two films from history.  It’s a win/win for everyone.  While I legitimately believe a Tim Burton/ Michael Keaton “Batman Beyond” would be intriguing and entertaining, it won’t happen, but it’s certainly fun to think about!

Michael Keaton Batman

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly)

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