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'The Flash' will be Ben Affleck's final turn as Batman, but it contains his favorite DCEU scenes
Farewell, Batffleck — we hardly knew ye.
Start saying your goodbyes to the one and only Battfleck. During an interview with The Herald Sun, Ben Affleck confirmed the upcoming Flash movie (out in early November) will feature his final turn as Bruce Wayne in the DC Extended Universe.
The actor — who played the Caped Crusader across Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League — stated that the film puts "a really nice finish on my experience with that character" (via Tor.com). While it's unclear how much screen-time he'll get in the finished cut, we do know that Affleck's Wayne plays an integral part in the story by creating Barry Allen's (Ezra Miller) new super-suit (appearing at DC FanDome in summer 2020, director Andy Muschietti described the costume as "more organic").
“I have never said this — this is hot off the presses — but maybe my favorite scenes in terms of Batman and the interpretation of Batman that I have done, were in the Flash movie,” Affleck told The Herald Sun.
He won't be the only Batman turning up in Barry's jaunt across the multiverse. Michael Keaton is also returning to the role that made him a super-star for the first time in over three decades. More importantly, this isn't some one-and-done cameo appearance. Keaton will reprise Tim Burton's Dark Knight in the feature-length HBO Max Batgirl project from Bad Boys for Life co-directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
This should serve as a lesson in cautious optimism for Mr. Affleck. Even if you say you're completely finished with a character, the character is never completely finished with you. Who knows? He might decide to put the cape and cowl back on 30 years from now. Still, it's understandable why he'd want to retire after all the "Snyderverse" drama. Back in October, he admitted that The Flash acted a bit like a palette cleanser, helping wash away the acrid taste of all the polarizing backlash from previous DCEU efforts.
“It was a really nice way to revisit that as the prior experience had been difficult,” he said. "This was really lovely. Really fun. I had a great time. I’m probably under some gag order that I’m not even aware that I probably just violated and I’m now going to be sued."
Written by Christina Hodgson (Birds of Prey), Barry's solo outing is based on The Flashpoint storyline from the comics, in which the Scarlet Speedster royally messes with the fabric of reality by trying to prevent the death of his mother, Nora. Warner Bros. released a micro-teaser at the second annual edition of DC FanDome over the summer. Despite its short length, the footage still offered up first looks at multiple Flashes, Keaton's Batman, and Sasha Calle's Supergirl.
"The cinematic multiverse is gonna be born out of this movie," Hodgson promised at FanDome 2020. "It's born out of Barry's story."
The Flash arrives in theaters everywhere Friday, Nov. 4.