UPDATED with Leslie Grace’s Confirmation: Michael Keaton Joins ‘Batgirl,’ Michael Shannon to Reprise the Role of Zod in ‘The Flash’

Michael Keaton in The Flash teaser

In an unexpected turn of events, both Michael Keaton and Michael Shannon have joined DC projects nobody expected to see them in.


For starters, it seems like the prediction made by several trades of Michael Keaton coming back as Bruce Wayne in a role similar to Nick Fury’s in the MCU was accurate. The actor is officially joining the cast of Batgirl, starring Leslie Grace as the title character, as well as J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, plus Brendan Fraser as the villain Firefly. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Wednesday.


Bruce Wayne/Batman’s role in the story has been rumored for a while, but it wasn’t clear whether it would be Michael Keaton or Ben Affleck donning the cape. The actor, who played the role in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns is coming back in the upcoming The Flash movie, which, similarly to Spider-Man: No Way Home and the upcoming sequel to Doctor Strange, will deal with the concept of the multiverse and having multiple versions of the same person on-screen.


Speaking of that movie, there is also huge news regarding it. According to a Warner Bros. press release, Michael Shannon, who played the role of Zod in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, as well as Antje Traue, who played Faora, are coming back in the upcoming movie as their respective characters. Shannon, who had a small cameo as Zod’s corpse in Batman v Superman, was thought to be done with the franchise. It is unknown at this point how big of a role they will play. Here’s a picture of the press release:


The Flash Cast


Batgirl is currently in production in London and aiming for a 2022 release on HBO Max. The Flash is scheduled for a November 4 release date.




Actress Leslie Grace confirmed THR‘s reporting on Michael Keaton shortly after it was posted: