Batman may remain on in the DCEU after The Flash but don’t expect Ben Affleck to be donning the cape and cowl.
The DC Extended Universe is still in a process of reinvention as it figures out what it wants to be in a post-Justice League world. After the 2017 film’s failure, Warner Bros. focused on standalone movies instead and the result has been, for the most part, successful. But we’ll find out if that plan has any long-term legs when the long-awaited The Flash film hits theaters later this year.
With Ezra Miller set to take the lead in the film we’ve all been waiting to see him star in for over five years, there is a lot of intrigue surrounding The Flash and not just because it’s taken so long to get to the screen.
The movie will also feature the introduction of Sasha Calle’s Supergirl, the return of Michael Keaton’s Batman and the apparent foundations for what the future of the DCEU will look like.
To pull all that off, we need the original DCEU Batman to make a long overdue return. Yes, Ben Affleck will be back as The Dark Knight in what was rumored to be his final appearance as the character, and it seems that this will indeed be the case.
A nice finish for Ben Affleck’s Batman in The Flash
In an interview with Herald Sun, Ben Affleck spoke about his return to the role of Batman in The Flash movie, commenting that both it and reshooting scenes for Zack Snyder’s Justice League “put a really nice finish on my experience with that character”.
It’s great to hear the veteran Caped Crusader star so happy about how he got to end his character’s journey in the DCEU. It’s well-established how upsetting the process of shooting scenes for Joss Whedon’s Justice League was for Affleck and much of the cast, so fans of the actor will no doubt be glad to hear that he got the chance to end his time playing Batman in a much happier place.
He seems so happy about how his return to the role played out that he might even consider his scenes in The Flash his favorite, commenting:
“I have never said this – this is hot off the presses – but maybe my favourite scenes in terms of Batman and the interpretation of Batman that I have done, were in the Flash movie… I hope they maintain the integrity of what we did because I thought it was great and really interesting – different, but not in a way that is incongruent with the character.”
Affleck previously appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
The Flash hits theaters on November 4, 2022.
Are you looking forward to The Flash? Would you have liked to see Ben Affleck’s Batman stick around for longer or are you happy with the decision to write him out of the DCEU? Let us know in the comments below!