Ben Affleck Will Return as Batman in The Flash

Mayukh Bari21 August 2020 11:13AM IST
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Ben Affleck will appear as the Dark Knight for one more movie. Affleck agreed to return as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming big-screen version of 'The Flash'. Ben Affleck's Batman is always a topic of debate among fans. Some loved him, some hated him from the very beginning.

The Flash movie, which is planned for release in summer 2022, will feature fast-moving hyper-hero Barry Allen, played by Ezra Miller, breaking the bonds of physics to crash into various parallel dimensions, where he'll encounter slightly different versions of DC's classic heroes. It's an adaptation of DC's 2011 Flashpoint series of comic book crossovers, directed by Andy Muschietti. Muschietti said,

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.

Affleck got the script at the end of last week and agreed this week to join the project. Affleck won't be the only Batman making a comeback. A few more of the alternate-dimension heroes will appear in 'The Flash' movie. Michael Keaton's Batman from the 1989 Tim Burton film is set to appear in the film.

The multiverse approach has helped DC both differentiate and revisit the characters without sparking the debate over what is 'legitimate' and what is not. So far, DC TV shows such as Arrow, Batwoman, Black Lightning, and Supergirl have done crossover events. DC also thinks that Batman is too valuable character to leave for long while new actors will be stepping into the role. Muschietti said,

It's inclusive in the sense that it is saying all that you’ve seen exists, and everything that you will see exists, in the same unified multiverse.

While it's exciting to see Affleck returning as Batman, it seems this shouldn't be taken as a sign of his retun in DC. However, this movie would allow him to leave DC with a satisfying sendoff, much better than Justice League which seems to have left no one happy.