With the news that Michael Keaton is now in talks to reprise his role as Batman three decades later in the upcoming Flash movie, appearing alongside Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen, comes a new wave of fan appreciation for Keaton’s portrayal of the Caped Crusader.
And in re-watching Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and 1991 Batman Returns, eagle-eyed viewers are once again noticing the fun Flash Easter egg in Batman Returns that appears during a third act yuletide costume ball that both Keaton’s Bruce Wayne and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Selina Kyle attend.
The Flash part is best seen here in this video breakdown by DayToDayWithJay on YouTube…
In the background of Bruce and Selina’s dance scene is a guy dressed up like the Jay Garrick Flash, complete with the Hermes helmet, along with a hooded partner in a red mask, which could be a nod to Jesse Quick.
In Tim Burton’s two Bat-flicks, Keaton’s Batman often took a backseat to the villains, whether it was Jack Nicholson’s Joker or Batman Returns’ Penguin, Catwoman, and Max Shreck. But as Tim Burton put it in an old interview, that was always the point of his Batman – to have an “average looking guy” who kept to the shadows.
With Keaton reportedly joining The Flash movie, here’s a list of possible DCEU movie characters that could also pop into the Flash film for a cameo.