Another Michael Keaton ‘Batman’ project was canned: Insider

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Gotham City weeps today.

It was revealed that Michael Keaton was set to reprise his role as the caped crusader in another upcoming “Batman” project — until some supervillains supposedly scrapped the film.

The studio reportedly “killed” a “solo ‘Batman’ movie that would have starred Michael Keaton,” movie insider Jeff Sneider said on “The Hot Mic with Jeff Sneider and John Rocha” podcast. It was to be written by Christina Hodson, the mind behind several DC Extended Universe projects.

Hodson had also written the the canned “Batgirl” film in which Keaton was set to appear alongside the titular hero played by Leslie Grace and police commissioner Jim Gordon portrayed by J.K. Simmons. The Post exclusively obtained set photos of “Batgirl” showing Keaton’s body double wearing a suit reminiscent to his two films of the late 1980s and early ’90s.

Michael Keaton’s body double is seen on the set of canceled “Batgirl.”
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Keaton's body double was seen wearing a suit like that of his time as the caped crusader.
Keaton’s body double was seen wearing a suit reminiscent of his earlier era playing the caped crusader.
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Soon after the most recent disappointing revelation, fellow insider Umberto Gonzalez not only confirmed Sneider’s scoop, but also shared details of the movie’s plot-to-be.

“The ‘solo’ Michael Keaton Batman movie you’re talking about that Christina Hodson was writing, was in fact the BATMAN BEYOND movie,” he tweeted.

Michael Keaton was supposed to be involved in a "Batman Beyond" project, insiders revealed.
Michael Keaton was supposed to be involved in a “Batman Beyond” project, insiders revealed.
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“Batman Beyond” was a successful, three-season DC animation that aired from 1999 to 2001, and which proceeded the hit show “Batman: The Animated Series.”

The late Kevin Conroy, the beloved voice of Bruce Wayne, played an aging version of the superhero as he came to terms with being unable to fight crime as an old man.

Like he did with many Robbins, Wayne recruited and trained hotshot teenager Terry McGinnis to take up the mantle of a much higher tech Batman in futuristic — yet still crime-ridden — Gotham.

Michael Keaton was planned to return to the world as Batman until multiple projects had been scrapped.
Michael Keaton was planned to return to the world as Batman until multiple projects had been scrapped.
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Michael Keaton was reportedly set to play an aging Bruce Wayne for a "Batman beyond" film.
Michael Keaton was reportedly set to play an aging Bruce Wayne for a “Batman Beyond” film.
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Both characters also appeared and saved the day in “Justice League: Unlimited.”

McGinnis was revealed to be Wayne’s biological son in a 2005 “Justice League” episode.


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