Batman Beyond co-creator Bruce Timm approves of Michael Keaton’s return to the role of Batman in the upcoming The Flash movie alongside Ezra Miller.
Bruce Timm, co-creator of the animated series Batman Beyond, weighed in enthusiastically on the idea that Michael Keaton could play old Bruce Wayne in a live-action adaptation. Keaton starred in the 1989 Batman film, which was the first Warner Brothers Batman film series. Last June, fans were hit with the exciting announcement that Keaton would be joining The Flash, playing his version of the Dark Knight.
The Batman Beyond animated series, which ran from 1999 to 2001, was a very successful series co-created by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Alan Burnett. The show follows an aged and sickly Bruce Wayne as he hands over the Batman identity to a young ally in hopes of once again protecting Gotham City from villainy. The show continues to stay relevant to DC fans as it is available for streaming on HBO Max.
In a recent interview with SYFY WIRE, Batman Beyond co-creator Bruce Timm shared his approval of Michael Keaton’s return as Batman with great enthusiasm. He noted Keaton’s cool looks and youthful appearance as a good thing. Timm also believes Keaton’s return as Batman bodes well for a possible Batman Beyond feature-length film. While approving of Keaton’s return for The Flash, he also commented on the potential casting of Keaton as the older Bruce Wayne in a hypothetical Batman Beyond blockbuster:
"Honestly, I think the idea of Michael Keaton doing it is cool. Honestly, he looks a little too good. I know he's probably in his mid 60s now, but he looks pretty damn good for being over 60. I like my old Bruce Wayne to be like really old. But, who knows? It could certainly still work. He looks like he could kick most guys' asses."
Timm has had a storied career with many contributions to the world of DC animation, but his work on Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond stand in a class of their own. He even noted that he was asked about Batman Beyond while promoting one of his most recent projects. While twenty years have passed since the animated series ended, Timm continues to provide fans with hope for more. He also expressed his subtle astonishment at how much time has passed since he worked on Batman Beyond, believing that it adds to the fortuitous conditions for a feature film.
News of Keaton’s return to the Batman universe bodes well for other older incarnations of the Caped Crusader, including Batman Beyond, because it renews fan interest for more Batman content. Keaton’s success in the current DCEU could lead to more Batman films, animated shows, and other content. Additionally, Timm’s approval of Keaton’s casting encourages fans to embrace the upcoming The Flash film while also stirring additional interest for his own series’ hopeful return.