Back in June, it was reported that Michael Keaton would once again wear the cape and cowl. He was going to star alongside Ezra Miller in the upcoming 2022 The Flash film. Andy Muschietti is currently set to direct. The film has seen many delays and directors. Keaton joining the film was a good sign he would explore the multiverse. Now it’s being reported that another previous crusader would be jumping into the fray. To the delight of many fans, Ben Affleck is set to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne alongside Keaton and Miller.
Affleck last donned the cowl in 2017’s Justice League. He originally made his debut in 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. After months of back and forth, rumors swirled that Affleck would continue the role for his solo outing. He was even planned to direct it. Sadly, he eventually announced that he no longer had the passion and the drive to play the character. This led to speculation if they would just recast him in the DCEU. It was announced a few months later that Robert Pattinson would be the next actor to assume the mantle in 2021’s The Batman. It seems that Affleck only recently agreed to return after seeing the script for the first time just last week. It is uncertain how much he will appear in the film. Michael Keaton is said to have quite a ‘substantial’ role in the film.
Muschietti revealed this casting in an interview with Vanity Fair. This is just two days before DC’s big FanDome event.
“He’s a very substantial part of the emotional impact of the movie. The interaction and relationship between Barry and Afflecks 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 you 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 Flash is currently set to release June 2nd, 2022, and is currently unknown if the ongoing pandemic has delayed any potential production start date.
Source: Vanity Fair