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The Flash THEORY: Michael Keaton’s Batman Has Faked His Own Death

The Flash starring Ezra Miller is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated DCEU movies that are slated to release next year. Apart from being the first outing for the Scarlet Speedster in the DC Extended Universe, The Flash will adapt the critically acclaimed The Flashpoint Paradox storyline for the big screen. As a result, when the news of this movie being produced was revealed, fans were equally excited for the other characters who would make their appearance in the movie. After months of speculation, it was finally confirmed that Michael Keaton will be reprising his role as the Dark Knight in The Flash to don the suit after 30 years. After the first sneak-peek of the movie was released during the second DC FanDome event, some fans are claiming that Keaton’s Batman has actually faked his death and stayed in hiding for years, if not decades.

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The Flashpoint Paradox revolves around Barry Allen/Flash changing the timeline as he tries to save his mother from being murdered by Reverse Flash, thus creating a near-apocalyptic timeline where the Atlanteans are at war with the Amazonians. But most importantly, Bruce Wayne is dead in this timeline. However, the movie will not be adapting the storyline accurately as per reports. In the movie, the actions of Barry Allen have altered the timeline and have somehow brought back Tim Burton’s Batman into the fold.

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In the trailer, Wayne Manor is shown briefly in a few scenes which reveals that it has not been inhabited by anyone in a long time. The foggy and dusty scenes hint towards the absence of Bruce Wayne from action for a very long time. Even the Batmobile is covered which implies that the beastly machine has been slowly rotting away for years. One plausible reason for Keaton’s Batman to go into hiding is his advanced age. Though Bruce Wayne is still a lethal killing machine late into his ’60s and ’70s, it is highly unlikely that he still dons the suit to fight crime. Batman’s entire modus operandi relies on fighting crime and after realizing his physical limitations, he instead decided to fake his death instead of quietly going into retirement like any other billionaire. His bloody cowl just additionally proves the lengths he went to fake his death only to emerge once again after three decades to guide the Scarlet Speedster to realize his true potential as a superhero.

Written by Akash Senapati

Akash is an India-based writer who has previously worked with Quirkybyte and Xtrascoop. He loves DC Comics, Anime, Pink Floyd, and sleeping in no particular order. His favourite graphic-medium writers are Grant Morrison, Chris Claremont, Christopher Priest, Garth Ennis, and Eiichiro Oda. Prep time > Aliens.