Batgirl director shares photo of what's probably, definitely Michael Keaton's planned Batman return

Batgirl co-director Adil El Arbi offers a glimpse into what might have been if his DC superhero film hadn't been abruptly canceled.
After starring in 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns, Michael Keaton was cast again as the Dark Knight in a new film starring Leslie Grace as the titular heroine. Now Arbi has shown a picture of what this meeting would have looked like on screen.
The photo appeared on Arbi's latest Instagram story, and Grace also shared the image on her social media. The filmmaker can be seen on set flanked by Grace and most likely Keaton in full costume.
Leslie Grace as Batgirl and Michael Keaton as Batman
Adil El Arbi/Instagram Batgirl co-director Adil El Arbi shared a photo of Michael Keaton reprising his role as Batman on the set.
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Keaton will now star as Batman/Bruce Wayne in The Flash, which Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav confirmed Thursday and that the studio is "excited" about it -- despite the multiple arrests of its lead actor Ezra Miller and recent allegations against him him the actor.
Following the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery, newly formed Warner Bros. Discovery made the surprising decision to shut down Batgirl despite reportedly investing $90 million in the direct-to-HBO Max film and already filming the film were completed in April.
"The decision not to release Batgirl reflects the strategic shift in our leadership regarding the DC Universe and HBO Max," a Warner Bros. spokesman said in a statement at the time.
During a WBD investor call on Thursday, Zaslav further stated, "We won't start a movie until it's finished. We're not going to start a movie to make a quarter, and we're not going to make a movie out unless we believe in it."
Leslie Grace as Batgirl and Michael Keaton as Batman
Leslie Grace/Instagram; Everett Collection Michael Keaton would have returned as Batman alongside Leslie Grace's Batgirl in 'Batgirl' - but the film was scrapped.
"We are saddened and shocked by the news," Arbi and his co-director Bilall Fallah said in a joint statement after the news of Batgirl's cancellation. "We still can't believe it. As directors, it's crucial that our work is shown to audiences, and while the film was far from finished, we wish fans around the world had had the opportunity to see and embrace the final film themselves. Maybe one day they will insha'Allah."
WBD now wants to find its own Kevin Feige to lead the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Disney to create a "10-year plan" for DC superhero films. Warner Bros. has attempted this before, but most of its previously announced projects never materialized until it began focusing more on standalone DC films.
Representatives from Arbi, Keaton and Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to EW's requests for comment.
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