Michael Keaton is Batman. And he’s back. Keaton’s Caped Crusader made his official return before the Super Bowl in the first trailer for The Flash. It’s a good thing he still makes for a formidable Dark Knight, too. Barry Allen will need all the help he can. That includes from both himself and a Supergirl.
Star Ezra Miller’s mental health issues and legal problems have overshadowed The Flash for a while. But this fantastic trailer highlights the great work of the many other plays involved in the film. Seeing Michael Keaton’s Batman back in action is reason enough to get The Flash into theaters. ( This is also true of the shelved Batgirl!) Plus, he’s bringing the greatest live-action Batmobile in history with him. And if that’s not enough, the movie will also introduce Sasha Calle’s Supergirl and mark the return of Michael Shannon’s Zod and Ben Affleck’s own Bruce Wayne. We get to see some exciting glimpses of them in the trailer for The Flash.
They’re all gathering for an epic adventure that will see multiple universes unite in what will be a very personal story for the film’s title character. Every version of him. Here’s the official synopsis from Warner Bros.:
Worlds collide in “The Flash” when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to. That is, unless Barry can coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian… albeit not the one he’s looking for. Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry’s only hope is to race for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to reset the universe?
Directed by Andy Muschietti (IT, Mama), The Flash also stars Ron Livingston, Maribel Verdú, Kiersey Clemons, and Antje Traue. It sprints into theaters this summer on June 16. (Well, it sprints after a marathon wait.)
It wasn’t an easy path to get to even this point. And there’s still plenty of time for more to go wrong before that release date. But at the end of that long road lies Michael Keaton’s Batman, which will be reason enough to tune in.