The new trailer for Warner Bros. and DC’s The Flash saw Michael Keaton recall a famous line from 1989’s Batman as he reprises the role of the Dark Knight for the upcoming film.
In the latest trailer for DC Studios’ The Flash, Keaton utters the classic line, “You wanna get nuts, let’s get nuts.” Fans of the Batman franchise will remember Keaton’s quip during his tense confrontation with the Joker (Jack Nicholson) in the 1989 film. Inn the scene, Keaton says this line before the Joker shoots Bruce Wayne and whisks away Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger). Keaton’s callback to this moment in The Flash trailer precedes various action sequences and Barry Allen’s quest to restore the world he once knew.
Keaton will portray one of two versions of the Dark Knight set to appear in The Flash, including Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman, who has portrayed the hero in the DC Extended Universe since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. Keaton will portray a much older version of Bruce Wayne from an alternate universe and a previously released TV spot for The Flash offered a first look at the actor’s unmasked Batman.
Along with Keaton, The Flash stars Ezra Miller as Barry Allen and Sasha Calle as Supergirl, who is enlisted to help Allen after he’s trapped in an alternate reality without metahumans in an attempt to travel back in time to prevent his mother’s murder. The Flash will also feature Michael Shannon as General Zod, reprising the role from 2013’s Man of Steel.
The Flash Marks Ben Affleck’s Final Batman Appearance
While Keaton’s version of Batman is quite active throughout the film, Affleck has confirmed that his version of the character will only appear briefly in the film. “I did finally figure out how to play that character [Batman], and I nailed it in The Flash,” Affleck said in a previous interview. “For the five minutes I’m there, it’s really great.” The Flash will mark Affleck’s final appearance as Batman in the DCU.
Keaton last played the wealthy socialite-turned-hero in 1992’s Batman Returns, returning to the role for The Flash after over 30 years. At the moment, it is unclear if Keaton will be portraying the same version of Batman in The Flash that fans have been used to from the original Tim Burton films. The Flash cast also includes Ron Livingston as Henry Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Maribel Verdú as Nora Allen, and Ian Loh as Barry’s younger self.
The Flash opens in theaters on June 16.
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