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The Bloody Batman Teaser of The Flash Indicates A Dark Turn

Andy Muschietti, director of “The Flash”, has lately stumped the DC fans with blood clues pointing at Batman. Ezra Miller’s upcoming speedster movie has been in the making for years. Its arrival is finally going to put an end to the fan’s long wait. While everyone is keen to see Barry Allen on the silver screen, it is Michael Keaton’s Caped Crusador that’s driving our excitement. Though not a trailer, the director has recently dropped a powerful teaser featuring Keaton’s classic Batman suit splattered in blood.

This horrifying image of the iconic Batman emblem in blood has sparked many theories amongst DC fans. In June 2020, the franchise announced the return of several legendary DC actors in the upcoming Flash movie. One of the names was Michael Keaton’s who’ll revive his role as Batman in the multiverse hustle.

Michael Keaton’s Return as Batman

Keaton, on the other hand, fueled confusion in March’21 by stating that “I’m really into work right now. I don’t know why, but I am, and so, yeah, I mean, you know, to tell you the truth, somewhere on my iPad is an iteration of the whole Flash thing that I haven’t had time yet. I called them and said, I have to be honest with you. I can’t look at anything right now. I’m so deep into this thing I’m doing. Also, I’m prepping a thing I’m producing and getting ready to do down the road in the fall that I’ll be in, and I feel responsible to that. So, yeah, there is that. I’m not being cute or coy. If I talked about it, I’ll be just bullish*tting you. I don’t really know. I have to look at the last draft.”. Thankfully, he agreed to get on board and confirmed his return in April.

What Does The Blood Indicate?

So, where is Andy getting at with this teaser? Does the blood hint at a dark road for The Flash as he comes across Keaton’s Bruce Wayne? One explanation could be the death of someone close to Bruce. Perhaps, a violent battle may have led to the death of Alfred, Dick Grayson, or Kim Basinger’s Vicki Vale.

But the most probable takeaway is the descent of Batman into taking lives.  Several theories suggest that Keaton’s character arc might be inspired by “Batman Beyond”. In this reality, losing physical strength and endurance forces an elderly Bruce Wayne to rely on a gun. Hence, the blood on Keaton’s suit could signify that a line has been crossed to break the no-kill policy.

Written by Ipshita Barua