Michael Keaton’s Bloody Batman Costume Teased by ‘Flash’ Director Andy Muschietti

The first visual confirmaton that Michael Keaton will return to play Batman alongside Ezra Miller in Warner Bros.’ upcoming “The Flash” was delivered in a stylish (and violent) image posted by director Andy Muschietti. The caption-free picture of Keaton’s classic Batsuit suit insignia, covered with blood, was posted to Muschietti’s Instagram on Friday morning.

The addition of blood to the classic yellow logo certainly signals a retention of Zack Snyder’s style from his run of DC Extended Universe films, including the ultra-violent rendition of the Caped Crusader in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and this year’s Snyder Cut of “Justice League.”

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In May, Muschietti also stirred anticipation for the film with an actor’s chair naming Batman’s alter-ego, Bruce Wayne.

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“The Flash” will be Keaton’s first time returning to the role since 1992’s “Batman Returns.” Meanwhile, Miller has portrayed Barry Allen / The Flash in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad” and both iterations of the “Justice League.”

Despite the lack of context on the photo, the blood could be a reference to the popular Flashpoint storyline, in which Barry Allen goes back in time to prevent the death of his mother.

The movie also stars a recently-recast Ron Livingston as Barry’s father, Henry Allen; Maribel Verdú as Barry Allen’s mother; Ben Affleck as Batman (from a different dimension as Keaton); and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, a romantic interest of the Flash who was introduced in an extended Snyder Cut sequence.

“The Flash” is set to be released on Nov. 4, 2022.

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