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Keaton not exactly a lock to return as Batman

A few weeks back, exciting word hit the digital passage that former Batman Michael Keaton would reprise the role in Warner’s upcoming “The Flash”.

Having not donned the cowl since 1992’s “Batman Returns”, a return appearance from the best of the Bats – fight me! – was something to be Gotham-giddy about.

Thing is, Keaton is reportedly not yet set in stone.

Speaking to Deadline, the “Beetlejuice” actor said both the pandemic and a script read could derail plans to re-enter the Batcave.

“I mean, you know, to tell you the truth, somewhere on my iPad is an iteration of the whole Flash thing that I haven’t had time yet,” the actor, who would reprise his role as Batman in the film, tells Deadline. “I called them and said, I have to be honest with you. I can’t look at anything right now. I’m so deep into this thing I’m doing. Also, I’m prepping a thing I’m producing and getting ready to do down the road in the fall that I’ll be in, and I feel responsible to that. So, yeah, there is that. I’m not being cute or coy. If I talked about it, I’ll be just bullshitting you. I don’t really know. I have to look at the last draft…”

The actor is also a little iffy about traveling to the U.K.

“I keep my eye more on the Covid situation in the UK than anything. That will determine everything, and so that’s why I’m living outside the city here on 17 acres, staying away from everybody, because the Covid thing has got me really concerned. So, that’s my first thing about all projects. I look at it and go, is this thing going to kill me, literally? And you know, if it doesn’t, then we talk.”

Fingers crossed.

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