The Flash trailer has taken the internet by storm.
There is a well-hidden Easter Egg to another famous live-action Batman.
It refers to the shot of all of Michael Keaton’s Batsuits found in the film’s Big Game TV Spot.
The Flash trailer has taken the internet by storm, since it was released during the Super Bowl this past weekend.
It was packed with thrilling action and character returns, but none were as epic as Michael Keaton’s Batman.
He stole every scene he was in, said his most famous line, “I’m Batman,” and still looks incredible in the Batsuit after all these years.
Despite the fact that this epic multiverse film will feature Keaton and Ben Affleck’s version of The Dark Knight, there is a well-hidden Easter Egg to another famous live-action Batman that even the most observant viewers may have missed. Adam West from the classic 1966 TV series would be that Batman.
The Easter egg in question was revealed by Chris Weston, who worked in The Flash’s costume department, and it refers to the shot of all of Keaton’s Batsuits found in the film’s Big Game TV Spot.
In the Batsuit Armory, we can see the Batman 89 and Batman Returns suits, as well as Keaton’s current suit from The Flash. They’re displayed alongside a few suits we’ve never seen before, such as desert and underwater suits.
The suit in question here, however, is a grey comic-style one with grapnel gun holsters. For obvious reasons, your Bat-eyes immediately lock onto the holsters, but this distracts you from the Bat-symbol on the suit itself.
As Weston points out in his post, the suit features the same Bat-Symbol worn by West in Batman 66.
He came up with the grey suit and the 66 Easter egg. This image not only refers to a similar armoury shot in Batman Returns, but it also serves as a fun Easter egg to a more colourful era for The Caped Crusader.
While many fans prefer the modern darker version of Batman, it would not exist without West’s campy Batman. Batman 66 was responsible for catapulting the iconic character into the mainstream.
The series lasted three seasons and 120 episodes, and it was followed by a feature film in which The Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, and The Riddler attempted but failed to team up.
There were so many iconic goofy moments from that film alone like Batman using Shark Repellent to stop a shark from biting off his leg or the famous line “Sometimes you just can’t get rid of a bomb”.
The series was so successful that Batman appeared on every lunch box, had his own line of toys, and influenced how fans perceived the character for the next 20 years.
That all changed in the 1980s with the release of the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns and Tim Burton’s Batman.
West may not be as well-known today as Keaton, Affleck, or Christian Bale, but his Batman is what many fans remember. His endearing good looks and commanding voice carry a lot of nostalgic weight in today’s pop culture.
West’s skin-tight blue, grey, and yellow Batsuit, with penciled-on brows on the Batcowl, stood out. Since West’s death in 2017, Batman 66 appears to have received a well-deserved reappraisal. As a result, this Easter egg in The Flash is sure to please a lot of comic book fans.
In terms of The Flash, the film will feature Keaton’s version of Batman as the main Dark Knight because Barry destroyed the timeline in the past while attempting to save his mother’s life.
Keaton’s Batman agrees to assist him in repairing it, and what his Bruce Wayne has been up to in the last 30 years appears to be a major plot point in the film.
All of the Batsuits, including the 66-inspired one, hint that there is still a lot of Keaton Batman history that fans are unaware of. Hopefully, that will change with the release of this new film.
The Flash will be released on June 16, 2023. While we wait for Keaton’s return to the Batcave, you can check out Weston’s Batman 66 Easter egg posts, as well as The Big Game TV Spot in which the Batsuit armoury is featured.
I think I can mention this now: I was in the costume department on “The Flash”, and got the privilege to work on Michael Keaton’s Bat-suits… including these variants! (I specifically asked if I could do a grey suit, ‘cos I’m a sad old fanboy too!) pic.twitter.com/LX2I4z3IAy
Batman ’66 symbol…my idea…! As was the grappling guns in holsters and the golden-age ears on the cowl! I was in fanboy heaven! Luckily I had a great lead designer, Alexandra Byrne, who was very receptive to my wacky notions! https://t.co/NUEHA09e6H