Michael Keaton Still Fits Into His Old Batsuit After 30 Years

You never forget your first Batman and for an entire generation, that man is Michael Keaton. The actor recently stopped by "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" to discuss his new limited series on Hulu, "Dopesick." And Colbert, being a massive self-proclaimed nerd, took the opportunity to ask "the man, the myth, the Michael Keaton" about his career as the caped crusader, with Keaton even pointing out that he knows he's Colbert's Batman, too.

Colbert called Keaton's Batman "the gold standard," which Keaton did not refute, but acknowledged how much he loves Will Arnett's performance in "The Lego Batman" movies. Considering the "Okay, Batman, we'll take it from here" moment in the film is currently one of the most popular sound trends on TikTok, Keaton's totally right. But Colbert wanted to know about Keaton's recent reprising of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming "The Flash" movie, and namely, whether or not the suit fit.

"Svelte as ever," Keaton said of his 30-years-older bod. "Same dimensions. Same fitting."

Revisiting the Iconic Role

Earlier this summer, Keaton described reprising his role as like "muscle memory." His work on the film has already been completed, but told Colbert that it was great to revisit the character once more. He also joked about the massive number of Batman portrayals saying, "I don't know how many there are, like 77 Batmans. I think they should form their own union." Colbert joked back, asking of there was an exclusive "Batman Club" where all of the different actors go to hang out, to which Keaton replied, "No, not until the union is formed."

Keaton first played the role in Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" film, and reprised the role for 1992's "Batman Returns." The duo left the franchise opening the doors for Val Kilmer and George Clooney to take over in "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin" respectively. #FreeTheBatNipple

Keaton will join Ben Affleck in "The Flash," both playing their versions of the Dark Knight himself. The titular Flash (Ezra Miller) time travels and alters timelines, allowing the canonical space for multiple Batmen.

During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in 2020, Keaton famously talked about still donning the suit randomly around the house. "If I am just feeling insecure enough, I will slip into the suit. It just makes me feel a whole lot better," he said to Kimmel. "I will walk around the neighborhood a little bit. By the way, when things around here get a little bit nervous-making, I just put the suit on, and boy, things straighten the f*ck up."

"The Flash" is due in theaters November 4, 2022 and "Dopesick" hits Hulu on October 13, 2021.