Michael Keaton played The Batman in the Tim Burton movies and while it must have been one of the highlights of his career, he doesn’t seem to be too keen on re-enacting his old role in The Flash.
The actor at first seemed to be shy away from talking about it as actors do when they’re trying to keep their part in a movie a secret, but it seems far from what he’s trying to communicate. The actor told Deadline about his dilemma in taking the role of The Batman.
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 bullsh*tting you. I don’t really know.
The actor already has too many prior commitments, he explains. While being a 69-year old actor, your time becomes immensely valuable, and it just might be that Keaton wants to be as productive as possible while he can maintain it.
He also has a major concern of COVID, and at this point of his life, he absolutely wants to be as far away from the possibility of getting COVID as he can. His willingness to take risks for playing a role are also highly assessed by whether he is risking himself or not.
I keep my eye more on the Covid situation in the UK than anything. That will determine everything, and so that’s why I’m living outside the city here on 17 acres, staying away from everybody, because the Covid thing has got me really concerned. So, that’s my first thing about all projects. I look at it and go, is this thing going to kill me, literally? And you know, if it doesn’t, then we talk.