The director of The Flash explains why Michael Keaton’s “perfect” Batman costume had to be modified.

Michael Keaton’s Batsuit Changes Discussed by The Flash’s Director


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The roadblocks for Michael Keaton’s return as Batman were numerous. It seems that the future of the first big-screen version of the Dark Knight was seriously in peril of ending before it even started when Batgirl was cancelled and there were rumours that further Keaton cameos were deleted from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. However, The Flash has kept that from happening, and this weekend sees Keaton return to the big screen as Batman. However, Batman’s comeback required a crucial modification to his iconic Batsuit in order for the whole thing to function, according to director Andy Muschietti, who made this revelation recently.

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Muscheietti discussed his creative choices at a press event for The Flash held in Los Angeles, according to Entertainment Weekly. Despite Keaton’s iconic performance in the 1989 smash, Muscheietti said he wanted to modernise the Batsuit to make it more comfortable for the actor. “You’ve heard the tale. He was saying, ‘That old suit was tough to work with,'” Muscheietti recalled. Michael Keaton was upset that he was unable to move his neck or anything else. The design was ideal, but it happens in movies all the time that the nicer a suit looks, the worse it is to wear.

Since his last appearance in 1992’s Batman Returns, Keaton has been absent from the role of the Dark Knight until The Flash. Keaton’s Batsuit has the same sleek black style and iconic Bat emblem as the original, but it appears much more flexible. Alex Burns, the costume designer for The Flash, reworked the Batsuit to provide Keaton less restricted movement with his neck and legs.

The Flash must work with Keaton’s Batman and Supergirl (Sasha Calle) to mend time and fight a revived General Zod (Michael Shannon), because to the multiverse premise that sees Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) travel back in time to save his deceased mother only to ruin his reality. Keaton’s return to his star-making role was crucial for director Muscheietti and his producer sister Barbara Muscheietti to ensure the success of the narrative. “We informed him that we couldn’t create the movie without him as we sat with him over a nice lunch. He then got on the train, Barbara remembered.

Miller, Keaton, Calle, and Shannon are the main cast in Muscheietti’s The Flash, which was written by Birds of Prey author Christina Hodson. Along with Ben Affleck playing his DCEU version of Bruce Wayne/Batman, Kiersey Clemons plays Iris West, Maribel Verd plays Nora Allen, and Ron Livingston plays Henry Allen in the movie.

On June 16, The Flash rushes into theatres.

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