He cemented his place in film history when he donned the Caped Crusader’s cape and cowl for Tim Burton’s iconic 1989 film Batman.
So it was a major surprise to Michael Keaton that it felt totally ‘normal’ when he finally put the suit back on for the upcoming Flash spin-off, he admitted Wednesday in an interview with the YouTube series Jake’s Takes.
The 69-year-old actor will be one of two Batman’s in The Flash, as Ben Affleck will also reprise the role after most recently appearing in Zack Snyder’s Justice League director’s cut.
Unexpected: Michael Keaton, 69, admitted that it was ‘shockingly normal’ to put his Batman costume on again in the upcoming Flash spin-off film during a Jake’s Takes interview posed Wednesday
The host, Jake Hamilton, asked Keaton ‘what sort of memories’ went through his mind as he put the suit on, which he last appeared in for 1992’s sequel Batman Returns, which was also helmed by Burton.
‘It was shockingly normal. It was weird,’ Keaton admitted.
‘I went “Oh, oh yeah, that’s right.” But also as you then start to play the scenes it was like a lot of memories, a lot of really interesting sense memories —’ before he said it was a kind of ‘muscle memory’ after a suggestion from the host.
Hamilton also quizzed the Trial Of The Chicago 7 actor if he’d reprised his classic line ‘I’m Batman’ in the Flash movie.
Iconic: Keaton starred in 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns for director Tim Burton; still from Batman featuring Jack Nicholson as The Joker
Familiar: ‘As you then start to play the scenes it was like a lot of memories, a lot of really interesting sense memories —’ Keaton began, before comparing the feeling to ‘muscle memory’
‘I can’t hear you,’ Keaton replied, jokingly pretending there was a poor connection for the virtual interview.
Elsewhere, he said that he hadn’t spoken with Burton about reprising the character, though they might have discussion in the future.
‘But just because we haven’t because we’ve got other stuff to talk about,’ he said.
In The Flash, Ezra Miller will step out from the shadow of the other Justice League members, though he’ll still have plenty of superhero help with both Batmans and Supergirl (played by Sasha Calle) joining him.
Keaton also mentioned that fans most often reference his roles in the Batman films, or his more-recent role in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, but his 1996 comedy Multiplicity is an oddly popular entry in his filmography among his European fans.
Double trouble: Keaton and Ben Affleck will both play Batman in The Flash, which stars Ezra Miller as the title character and is helmed by IT director Andy Muschietti; still from Justice League
Also on Wednesday, Keaton admitted that it was ‘a little bit emotional’ to return to playing Batman during an interview with Collider.
He added that he was blown away by the way director Andy Muschietti had orchestrated his grand reveal in the upcoming movie.
‘Just a rush of memories,’ he said. ‘Without giving anything away, which I can’t, basically the first shot, not of the entire movie but let’s say the introduction [of Batman], is so good that when we walked on and started talking about a couple of shots and the angles, I went, “Woah, this is big. This is great.” I don’t even mean for me. Just the imagery, it’s great. And reminiscent, to some degree, of Tim Burton.’
Lips sealed: When the host asked Keaton if he says his iconic line ‘I’m Batman,’ he joked that he couldn’t hear because of a bad connection
The Beetlejuice star was announced to be playing Batman again back in April, following months of speculation that he might suit up again.
In June, Muschietti hinted at the dark tone of his upcoming movie when he shared a closeup photo of the bat logo chest piece on Keaton’s suit, which was splattered with drops of blood.
The actor’s 1989 film also featured a character-defining portrayal of The Joker by Oscar winner Jack Nicholson, while Kim Basinger played the journalist Vicki Vale.
Batman Returns dialed up the star power with Michelle Pfieffer starring as Batman’s frenemy Catwoman and Danny DeVito playing a garish version of The Penguin.
Dark: In June, Muschietti hinted at the dark tone of his upcoming movie when he shared a closeup photo of the bat logo chest piece on Keaton’s suit, which was splattered with blood
Christopher Walken was also featured as a third villain, the conniving industrialist Max Shreck.
Keaton and Burton both opted to sit out the third entry in the Batman films, with Val Kilmer taking over the costume and Joel Schumacher sitting in the director’s chair for 1995’s Batman Forever, which also starred Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman.
Schumacher returned by Kilmer was replaced by George Clooney as Batman in the follow-up, the critically derided Batman & Robin (1997).
Christian Bale would later play the Caped Crusader in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed trilogy of Batman films, and Ben Affleck has been the latest star to wear the costume.
Robert Pattinson will be playing a younger version of Batman early on in his career for the upcoming film The Batman, which appears to be structured more as a detective story than previous entries.
He did it as well: Ben Affleck has been the latest star to wear the costume. His Caped Crusader will appear along with Keaton’s in the upcoming movie