Batfleck to return with 'The Flash,' one last time
To those fans missing Batfleck after Robert Pattinson has grabbed the role, Ben Affleck hears you! The Justice League caped crusader is returning with Affleck reprising his role in The Flash, directed by Andy Muschietti. Ezra Miller a.k.a Flash leads the film and Affleck's Batman will provide a strong foundation for Flash's character development. It will hit the theaters in the summer of 2022.
Pattinson's Batman, which is directed by Matt Reeves, will pave the path for the actor's stint with this iconic role for years and films to come. The franchise and the treatment to scripts will be drastically different for Pattinson. Affleck, on the other hand, reprises his role for one last time to give a fillip to Flash's character and hopefully get a nice closure.
Meanwhile, DC Extended Universe is trying out its own take on alternate dimensions and Flash seems to discover this with his logic-defying speed. He encounters different superheroes of DC as he travels those dimensions, one of which has Affleck in it. Muschietti will make countless Batman fans from decades ago nostalgic as Michael Keaton from Tim Burton's Batman franchise will also be seen.
After this development, a question looms large: Are there any common links between Pattinson and Affleck? The answer is a 'Yes.' Pattinson's standalone film on Batman was to be directed by Affleck, who was also supposed to act in it. Unfortunately, his divorce from Jennifer Garner pushed him to alcoholism, so much so that Affleck's friend advised him to opt out of the film.
"I showed somebody The Batman script," Affleck had told the NYT. "They said, 'I think the script is good. I also think you'll drink yourself to death if you go through what you just went through again.'" After Affleck's exit, Reeves took up the project.
The DCEU is joining dots differently, as in, each director is free to use individual depictions of the same superhero uniquely and still stay in the same unified universe. Supporting this idea, Muschietti said, "All that you've seen exists, and everything that you will see exists." Interestingly, Zack Snyder's Justice League will show a different avatar of Affleck's Batman, strengthening the multiverse logic.