Ben Affleck will return as Batman within the upcoming standalone The Flash film, director Andy Muschietti has revealed. Affleck has beforehand performed the Darkish Knight in two Zack Snyder movies, Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice and Justice League, along with a cameo in Suicide Squad. Muschietti additionally confirmed that Michael Keaton’s Batman could be a part of The Flash film and added that each Affleck and Keaton’s variations of the Darkish Knight have a “substantial” half within the DC movie that’s venturing into the multiverse concept.
“[Affleck is] a really substantial a part of the emotional impression of the film,” Muschietti informed Vainness Honest in an interview. “The interplay and relationship between Barry [Allen / The Flash] and Affleck’s Wayne will carry an emotional stage that we have not seen earlier than. It is Barry’s film, it is Barry’s story, however their characters are extra associated than we expect. They each misplaced their moms to homicide, and that is one of many emotional vessels of the film. That is the place the Affleck Batman kicks in.”
As Muschietti has beforehand confirmed, The Flash will embody components from the “Flashpoint” comedian e-book arc, whereby the titular speedster travels again in time and finally ends up venturing into totally different timelines throughout the multiverse. Affleck’s Batman — dubbed Batfleck by the fandom — would be the “baseline” for Ezra Miller’s Flash, as they’re a part of the identical actuality, earlier than Barry encounters the likes of Keaton’s Batman 30 years on from 1992’s Batman Returns.
Once more, this may don’t have any impact on The Batman and Robert Pattinson, who continues to be the way forward for the franchise. There is no phrase on whether or not Pattinson will likely be concerned with The Flash.
It is attention-grabbing that Affleck has agreed to return after strolling away from the standalone Batman film that Pattinson is now on board for. Vainness Honest notes that it had extra to do with issues in his private life, as Affleck was then fighting alcoholism and divorce from Jennifer Garner. The Flash producer and Andy’s sister Barbara Muschietti stated she was nervous that Affleck would flip down the supply, however in actual fact, he was “very open” to it.
“Once we approached [Affleck], he is now in a really totally different time in his life,” Muschietti added. He was very open to it, which was a little bit of a shock to us. […] Proper now, he is in a spot the place he can truly get pleasure from being Batman. It is a pivotal function, however on the similar time it is a enjoyable half.” In spite of everything, the film known as The Flash, Affleck’s Batman is a supporting function.
Affleck can even be seen as Batman in Zack Snyder’s model of Justice League, coming early 2021 completely to HBO Max within the US.
The Flash is slated to launch June 3, 2022 in cinemas worldwide.
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