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Ben Affleck's Batman is set to appear in The Flash!

By Rachelle  /  21 Aug 2020 (Friday)

Ben Affleck's brooding Dark Knight is coming back for one more movie, with Affleck agreeing to return as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming big-screen version of The Flash.

Affleck won’t be the only Batman making a comeback; a few more of the alternate-dimension heroes who turn up in the Flash movie will be figures we’ve seen before. Michael Keaton’s Batman from the 1989 Tim Burton film is also set to appear in what director Andy Muschietti said was a “substantial” part.

The Flash, which is planned for release in 2022, will feature DC Comics' beloved speedster The Flash aka 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 other classic heroes. It will be an adaptation of DC’s 2011 Flashpoint series of comic book crossovers.

Muschietti also said:

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.

The other reason The Flash needed the character affectionately known as Batfleck is because in the DC movie universe, Affleck’s gray-templed Bruce Wayne is the one Ezra's Flash would consider “the original Batman,” the one he has already fought alongside in the previous Zack Snyder films. 

Muschietti added that it wouldn’t work as well for him to venture into the company of other Batmen without having Affleck as the starting point, calling him the 'baseline'. “He’s part of that unaltered state before we jump into Barry’s adventure,” the director said. “There's a familiarity there.”
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