‘Batgirl’ Report Reveals Michael Keaton’s Payday For Batman Return

Unfortunately, Batgirl won't ever see the light of day.

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Michael Keaton received seven figures to return as Batman for the Batgirl movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Keaton was paid $2 million to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne in the Batgirl movie starring Leslie Grace. The site describes Keaton’s Batgirl role as a “glorified cameo,” coming in at about a week’s worth of work in and out of the Batman suit.

What happened to the Batgirl movie?

Batgirl was shelved back in August, following the merger between Warner Bros. and Discovery. The movie was used as a tax-write off. The move received widespread criticism and almost led to a premature studio exit from former DC Films president Walter Hamada.

Reports at the time of Batgirl‘s cancellation indicated that Warner Bros. Pictures Group co-chiefs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy are considering having Leslie Grace appear as Barbara Gordon in other DC Comics movies. For now, Grace’s future as Batgirl remains in doubt.

Michael Keaton’s Batman is set to appear in Ezra Miller’s first cinematic solo outing as The Flash, which is currently slated to hit theaters in Summer 2023. He’s also supposed to be in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, but his cameo may have been cut following a recent round of release date shifts.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were the directors of the Batgirl movie, working from a script by Christina Hodson, the writer behind Birds of Prey and The Flash. Its cast also included J. K. Simmons as James Gordon, Jacob Scipio as Anthony Bressi, Ivory Aquino as Alysia Yeoh and Brendan Fraser as Firefly. Rebecca Front, Corey Johnson and Ethan Kai were also on board in undisclosed role.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.