When DC Studios co-heads James Gunn and Peter Safran announced the first chapter of the new DCU slate, the former revealed that a new actor would be cast to play Batman going forward. However, several intriguing - and somewhat bizarre - Bat-related rumors have done the rounds since.
Most recently, we heard that The Flash would feature an appearance from a former Batman actor who may end up staying on as the DCU's Dark Knight. This tied in to previous reports of Batman and Robin star George Clooney being spotted on set (yet to be verified), but Christian Bale emerged as the more likely possibility.
Whether either or both of those actors show up in The Flash remains to be seen, but Gunn has now made it clear that Clooney will "absolutely not" be the DCU's Caped Crusader, while confirming that a new actor will be taking on the role.
Gunn didn't debunk the rumor that at least one previous Batman actor will factor into The Flash, but the recently released poster definitely suggested that Michael Keaton's take on the iconic DC Comics vigilante will still have a significant part to play, despite reports to the contrary.
In related news, some quotes from the DCU slate reveal that must have flown under the radar have resurfaced over at /Film. Gunn told the site that his favorite project has yet to be announced, and even the smallest hint would give too much away.
"There's one thing I know is my favorite, one of my favorite projects of all of this," he explained. "And it's just so totally unique that the idea itself is giving away too much when it may not come out for two or three years. Also, with some other things, it's kind of a choice. We have a director working on a really fantastic other project that may take him a little more time than some other people."
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