Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight/Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. "Batman" (1989).
LOS ANGELES — Online rumor mills are in full vigor, but actor Michael Keaton makes it clear in an interview with Deadline he has NOT committed to donning Batman's cowl in "The Flash" (2022).
Internet speculation suggests Keaton is leery of the current script because his Batman's involvement has been drastically dialed back in comparison to earlier drafts. However, Keaton sets the record straight, and it seems his workload and COVID are the reasons he MAY NOT return.
"I’m really into work right now," Keaton said. "I don’t know why, but I am. Somewhere on my iPad is an iteration of the whole Flash thing that I haven’t had time yet. I called them and said, 'I have to be honest with you. I can’t look at anything right now. I’m so deep into this thing I’m doing.'"
Keaton revealed COVID-19 also plays a part in whether he will return to the role of Batman or not.
"It’s Covid. I’m more concerned. I keep my eye more on the Covid situation in the UK than anything. That will determine everything, and so that’s why I’m living outside the city here on 17 acres, staying away from everybody, because the Covid thing has got me really concerned. So, that’s my first thing about all projects. I look at it and go, is this thing going to kill me, literally? And you know, if it doesn’t, then we talk."
Keaton starred alongside Jack Nicholson's Joker in the immensely popular "Batman" (1989), and Keaton joined Danny DeVito's Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman in the sequel "Batman Returns" (1992).