In what world would the worst year for the film industry, be the best year for DC Fans? In a miraculous twist of events, Ben Affleck has agreed to portray Bruce Wayne/Batman one last time. And no, not in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but in Andy Muschietti’s Flash Film.
Since the film hasn’t begun production, it does make sense to see just how in shape Ben has gotten over the past couple of months. The plan is for the film to open in the Summer of 2022, but COVID-19 might have different plans for the film. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Andy had some kind things to say on behalf of Ben Affleck.
Andy on Affleck’s Batman Features
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.
Andy on Afflecks Role In His Flash 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 the Affleck Batman kicks in.
I’m glad to be collaborating with someone who has been on both sides of the camera, too. He understands.
Why This Is Happening
If you’re familiar with Zack Snyder’s Justice League, you should know that that WAS the last time we would be seeing Ben Affleck’s Batman (officially). Of course, fans of his were disheartened when he made his public announcement on Kimmel that he wouldn’t be returning. But that was before we knew HBOMax was allowing Snyder to finish his film properly and make it into a Series.
If Ezra Miller is the Flash for Andy, you want to have a Batman that would know him. Read Affleck’s Batman. It just makes sense. He’s fought alongside him his own Universe, so you need him to be the original Batman if you bring in Michael Keaton’s Batman. Barbara Muschietti spoke on Ben Affleck agreeing to come back at all.
Barbara Muschietti on Affleck’s Return
There have been some all sorts of stories and things he said himself about having a very hard time playing Batman, and it had been difficult for him. I think it was more about a difficult time in his life. When we approached him, he’s now in a very different time in his life. He was very open to it, which was a bit of a surprise to us. It was a question mark.
We are all human and go through great times in our lives and terrible times in our lives. Right now he’s in a place where he can actually enjoy being Batman. Plus, he doesn’t have to carry the entire movie. It’s a pivotal role, but at the same time it’s a fun part.
What an exciting time being a DC Fan. Are you excited about this shocking announcement? Let us know in the comments below.
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