Michael Keaton's Batman is coming back, but it doesn't seem like it will be all sunshine and roses for Gotham's brooding superhero.
Andy Muschietti, who is directing the new DCEU film The Flash, shared a teaser image on Instagram of the Keaton-era Batman logo covered in blood.
It's an ominous image that suggests the forthcoming Flash movie will maintain the darker tone of Zack Snyder's larger extended universe, despite the fact that Ezra Miller's Barry Allen/The Flash has been a more comedic character when he has appeared.
Just two weeks ago, Muschietti shared a picture from the set of a chair with "Bruce Wayne" printed on the seat back. Though the storyline is unknown at this point, the pair of images shared by the director seem to suggest Batman will play a major role in whatever story he's telling about The Flash.
For his part, Keaton last played the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton's Batman Returns in 1992. That film was the dark, gothic followup to Burton and Keaton's massive blockbuster Batman from 1989.
Though comic fans were divided on Keaton's casting before the original film's release -- when aren't comic fans divided on casting -- there was near universal excitement at the announcement of Keaton's return to the franchise.
The Flash is set to be released November 4, 2022.