It has been rumored for years now that the first solo outing for DC’s speedster would be an adaptation of the 2011 crossover event Flashpoint and that now looks to be the case. Vanity Fair states the film will see Barry Allen “breaking the bonds of physics to crash into various parallel dimensions, where he’ll encounter slightly different versions of DC’s classic heroes.”
On Affleck’s casting, director Andy Muschietti said:
“His Batman has a dichotomy that is very strong, which is his masculinity—because of the way he looks, and the imposing figure that he has, and his jawline —but he’s also very vulnerable. He knows how to deliver from the inside out, that vulnerability. He just needs a story that allows him to bring that contrast, that balance.”
Affleck got the script at the end of last week and agreed this week to join the project.
“He’s a very substantial part of the emotional impact of the movie. The interaction and relationship between Barry and Affleck’s Wayne will bring an emotional level that we haven’t seen before. It’s Barry’s movie, it’s Barry’s story, but their characters are more related than we think. They both lost their mothers to murder, and that’s one of the emotional vessels of the movie. That’s where the Affleck Batman kicks in.”
This is a huge win for fans of Batfleck and the DCEU overall. After the failure of Justice League in 2017 we all thought the DC Extended Universe was a dead universe walking. But after taking a few years to build up its cast of characters like Aquaman and Shazam, the universe has bounced back.
In addition to Batfleck, The Flash will also feature the return of Michael Keaton as the 1989 Burton Batman. This now opens up the door for other Batmen to appear. Could DC FanDome in a few days reveal that Val Kilmer will also appear? His name was listed in the initial FanDome press releases as scheduled to appear. Either way, The Flash easily just became of the most anticipated superhero films yet to begin shooting.
Affleck will next be seen in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, set for release in 2021 on HBO Max.
Are you excited Batfleck is back? Do you think this is a one-time deal or could there yet be a future for Affleck’s Batman in the DCEU?