The reveal of Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman comic sequel was hailed by fans, but what does it mean for the next Flash movie?

When DC revealed that Tim Burton’s genre-defining movie was getting a comedic sequel with Batman ’89, was met with a storm of support from fans. Although the movie had three sequels, each deviated further and further from the 1989 original, meaning that there has always been demand for an actual follow-up. However, nothing exists in a vacuum anymore, and that’s especially true for the multimedia empires that surround superheroes. With Michael Keaton’s Batman set to also return to screen in the future Flash movie, is it possible that Batman ’89 be more than a sequel to bat Man but also a prequel to The flash?

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The new comic by bat Man Screenwriter Sam Hamm and artist Joe Quinones are described as a true continuation of the 1989 Time Burton classic. Not only will fans finally get to see Billy Dee William’s Harvey Dent turn into Two-Face, but the comic will also explore Catwoman’s unresolved plot line. Batman Returns in addition to introducing a new Robin, different from the Chris O’Donnell version that was first seen in Batman forever. But does any of that leave room for a connection with the Flash, and why would there be a connection in the first place?

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While most of the series will obviously focus on solving the handful of dangling plot threads that Burton left behind, that doesn’t mean it won’t have any connection to The flash. The DCEU’s Flash could easily make a cameo at the end of the series, with the help of Michael Keaton’s Batman. It may seem implausible that a comic sequel to a 1989 film would be linked to a very high-budget blockbuster, but recent trends have shown that anything is possible. The Flash movie met TV Flash in the recent Arrowverse Crisis on Infinite Earths event. Looking at the competition, it becomes even more likely. If Disney can reveal important plot details about Star Wars: Episode IX in Fortnite, then DC should have no problem putting up an advance for The flash at the end of Batman ’89.

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While that means there may be a connection between Batman ’89 Y The flash, It is probable? That’s a much harder question to answer, but there is some circumstantial evidence to suggest it. This isn’t the first attempt at reviving Tim Burton’s Batman universe in comic book form. Batman ’89 Artist Joe Quiñones had originally worked on a sequel to Batman Returns along with writer / artist Kate Leth, but that failed for unknown reasons. With fans questioning why the book was canceled, it is clear that there was a lawsuit. It’s possible that it wasn’t canceled out of lack of interest, but because it interfered with DC’s broader plans for Tim Burton’s world. Bat Man.

What is much more ambiguous is the timing of everything. Batman ’89 will be released on July 27, 2021, almost a year and a half earlier The flash November 4, 2022. It could be that DC is playing the long game with Keaton’s Batman and that any reference to the Flash will come later, but it is still unclear how many problems Batman ’89 will be. Of course, there is also the possibility that Batman ’89 it will be entirely yours. It was advertised right next to Superman 78 which has no obvious ties to DC’s broader media empire. Still, eagle-eyed fans should be on the lookout for any reference to The flash when Batman ’89 releases digitally.

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