"Excitement for Keaton’s return as Batman" by: Jessica Shepard

   So, Monday afternoon, I’m getting these pinged social media announcements about Michael Keaton possibly making a return to the silver screen as the brooding crusader – Batman!
   Now, I’ve been a Keaton fan since the original two Tim Burton-directed films: “Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns” (1992).
   Well, those as well as a handful of other favorites like “Beetlejuice,” “Mr. Mom,” and “Robocop.”
   But, still, he’s always been my favorite Batman cast to date and no one else captured his brooding vigilante persona better.
   The rest just came off as whiny, rich playboys with drinking problems or daddy issues.
   And I know that’s a controversial opinion in my peer group, but, I stand by my reasoning and favoritism.
   Other portrayals have always been more of a joke than the seriousness that Batman carries.
   And the cowl has been donned by several notable actors: Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck.
   I know that Robert Pattinson is cast to reboot the Batman franchise in 2021’s “The Batman,” but, I don’t have any faith in his skills or the lineup of supporting characters either.
   Now, I have nothing against the actors themselves because they’re awesome in other films.
   It’s just that their skills usually fall short in light of their complex character roles and my comic knowledge.
   Not that I’m a diehard and avid reader, but, I’ve spent some time in the gritty side of the DC Comic Universe (DCU) and a number of  untold hours watching a variety of cartoons over the years.
   And I do confess to still watching the animated movies as soon as they come out on DVD.
   So, I feel like I have a pretty good base to judge the portrayals of Batman over the years.
   Keaton’s return to the Bat-verse is rumored to be part of DCU’s “Flashpoint” movie slated for 2022.
   The Flashpoint film will star Ezra Miller as The Flash and pick up on his DCU ties which began in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and continued in “Justice League.”
   The Flashpoint movie will seemingly tie the DC cinematic multiverse together and feature Batman as a key element of the multiverse tie-ins.
   I mean, I’m the fangirl that doesn’t really care how they do it, I just want him back as the caped crusader.
   Because, I guarantee that the moment I see him on screen I’m probably going to have a little moment to express my excitement and happiness that will just exude “nerdy” happiness.
   I also know that such a stance can be annoying for fans of other Batman aficionados, but, I’m not going to change my mind anytime soon.
   After all, I’m notoriously stubborn, and if you doubt that, just ask my mom!
   I know that this is still all up in the air and only a rumored fever dream.
   But, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best because it’s a movie I’ll definitely see in theaters and probably try to get tickets to the first showing in town.

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