The Flash’s director, Andy Muschietti, shared a photo of Michael Keaton’s bloody Batman costume to his Instagram account on Friday.
The 69-year-old actor was announced to be taking up the helm of the Caped Crusader in the much-awaited film this past April, although he was first speculated to have been involved with the project in June of last year.
The DC Comics-based film has been in development for several decades, and it is currently scheduled to be released in November of last year.
An inside look: The Flash’s director, Andy Muschietti, shared an image of a blood-spattered Batman logo to his Instagram account on Friday
Muschietti’s photo showed Batman’s iconic insignia that is typically placed on the center of the character’s costume.
A few drops of what appeared to be blood were notably spattered across its front.
The image seemed to signal that Keaton would be returning to his former role in the forthcoming superhero film.
The Birdman star’s first time portraying the character was in 1989’s Batman, which was directed by Tim Burton.
Putting in work: The Flash has been in development for several decades and is expected to be released in November of next year; Muschietti is seen in 2019
Back in the saddle: The post seemed to hint at Michael Keaton’s return to the role of the Caped Crusader; he is seen playing the character in 1989’s Batman
The feature was well-received by critics upon its release, with many reviewers pointing to the actor’s performance as especially strong.
Keaton went on to portray the character in the film’s sequel, Batman Returns, which was also helmed by Burton and released in 1992.
After the Ed Wood director stepped down from a planned third sequel, the Beetlejuice actor also left the series, and the two were replaced by Joel Schumacher and Val Kilmer, respectively.
Other actors who have taken up the helm of the Dark Knight since then include George Clooney and Christian Bale, among others.
Doing it again: Keaton portrayed Bruce Wayne for a second time in 1992’s Batman Returns before leaving the role; he is pictured in 1989
Ben Affleck went on to portray Batman in the 2016 feature Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and played the character in several other features.
The 48-year-old actor was initially supposed to direct, write and star in the upcoming feature The Batman, although he later left the production and was replaced by Robert Pattinson.
Both Affleck and Keaton are set to portray younger and older versions of Bruce Wayne in The Flash.
A film based on the DC Comics character had been in development for several decades, with several aborted attempts to create a movie about the superhero occurring over a period of roughly thirty years.
A different look: Ben Affleck took up the superhero’s mantle in 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and he went on to portray the character in several other features
The feature went through several prospective directors, including Rick Famuyiwa and Seth Grahame-Smith, before Muschietti stepped in to helm the flick.
The Barry Allen version of The Flash will be portrayed by Ezra Miller, who first played the speedster in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Other performers who will appear in the long-awaited movie include Kiersey Clemons, Sasha Calle and Ron Livingston.
The feature will follow the titular character as he travels back in time in order to prevent the untimely death of his mother, which causes consequences to occur in his own timeline.
Making an impact: Ezra Miller first portrayed the Barry Allen version of The Flash in 2016 and will reprise his role in the upcoming feature
Filming began in April and took place at various locations in England, and production is currently scheduled to move to Scotland later this year.
The Flash was originally scheduled for release in 2018, although it was later pushed back due to its troubled development process.
After Muschietti was brought on to helm the feature, it was rescheduled for a June 2022 debut and was eventually pushed back to November 4th of that year as a response to the onset of the global pandemic.
Coming soon: The Flash is set to make its debut in November of 2022 after having its release date pushed back several times