Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck To Return as Batman in 'The Flash'

Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck To Return as Batman in ‘The Flash’

Holy Double Team! TWO Batman’s To Be In The Flash Movie!

I think I have fallen in love with DC FanDome before it even starts. With what has been revealed so far this week ahead of the event, we DC fans have been given what can only be described as the royal treatment. And what has been revealed HAS to be the shock of them all. We already were aware that Ben Affleck had returned as Batman/Bruce Wayne for pickups for the Snyder Cut of ‘Justice League‘ and we already knew that Michael Keaton would be in ‘The Flash‘ movie in an epic return as the Caped Crusader for the first time since playing him for the final time in 1992s ‘Batman Returns‘. But now, we have had the biggest bombshell to hit us for a long time. For not only will Keaton be portraying Batman in the film but Ben Affleck will be appearing as him too! Yes, Batfan’s. We are getting TWO Batman’s in the film!

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The film is due out in 2022 and will once again star Ezra Miller as the main character, Barry Allen AKA The Flash. But it appears that the film will be the start of the DC Multiverse as was widely predicted. This allows for Affleck and Keaton to appear as the same character in the same movie. The plotline for the film tells us that The Flash will end up shattering the ‘Bonds of physics to crash into various parallel dimensions, where he’ll encounter slightly different versions of DC’S classic heroes’. That is fantastic news for all the fans and we hopefully may get to see both Keaton and Affleck fight side by side to take down a multitude of villains. It has been reported that Affleck received a copy of the script last week and he jumped aboard pretty soon after that.

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Director of the film Andy Muschetti has gone on record to speak about Affleck’s involvement in the upcoming film:

“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 Affleck’s Batman kicks in. I’m glad to be collaborating with someone who has been on both sides of the camera, too. He understands.”

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Muschetti has confirmed that Keaton’s Batman will play a ‘substantial’ part of the movie but went onto say that the film as a whole won’t work unless Affleck’s Batman is involved somehow:

“He’s the baseline. He’s part of that unaltered state before we jump into Barry’s adventure. There’s a familiarity there.”

Muschetti continued on to outline everything he needs to do to bring the DC multiverse to the screen and about the alternate timelines and dimensions that the heroes will encompass:

“This movie is a bit of a hinge in the sense that it presents a story that implies a unified universe where all the cinematic iterations that we’ve seen before are valid. 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 universe.”

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Listening to those comments, can we also expect to see Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Henry Cavill as Superman in some capacity? What about Brandon Routh as his version of the Man Of Steel from ‘Superman Returns‘? And will they also bring in Robert Pattinson as Batman from his upcoming ‘The Batman‘ movie too? Will we see new versions of the characters we have come to know and love over the years? The possibilities are endless. It has also been rumored but not confirmed that HBO Max is interested in working with Affleck about a Batman series on their network. If this turns out to be true, then we could be in for a DC invasion that has been a long time coming. And I for one am completely up for it. One Batman is great. Two will blow the roof off of the movie theatre and bring the house down. Bring it on!

 

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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!

 

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(Source: Vanity Fair)

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