Well, knock me down with a feather! After stating that he was done with the role forever (which was recast by Matt Reeves for The Batman), comes the news that Ben Affleck will join the cast of Andy Muschietti’s Flashpoint. as Batman/Bruce Wayne.
The move means that Affleck will team with fellow former Batman Michael Keaton in the Ezra Miller fronted superhero pic. This is no mere cameo folks, it’s a ‘substantial’ role. Two former Batmen for the price of one – are we just days away from a George Clooney casting announcement?
Muschietti had this to say to Vanity Fair about Affleck joining the comic book movie:
“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.”
“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 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 multiverse.”
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Flashpoint opens on 3 June 2022.
Sources: Vanity Fair and Deadline