Batman star Ben Affleck has revealed some insight into his role in the upcoming DC outing, The Flash, with the actor declaring that he has finally “nailed” playing the character…but is only in The Flash for five minutes. During a new, lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck takes a gloomy look back at the making of Justice League (the 2017 one, not the Zack Snyder cut) but thinks that The Flash gets the tone just right. Allowing him to do right by The Dark Knight.
“The Justice League experience, the fact that those stories became somewhat repetitive to me and less interesting. Yeah, I did finally figure out how to play that character [Batman], and I nailed it in The Flash. For the five minutes I’m there, it’s really great. A lot of it’s just tone. You’ve got to figure out, what’s your version of the person? Who is the guy that fits what you can do? I tried to fit myself into a Batman. And by the way, I like a lot of the stuff we did, especially the first one [Batman v Superman].”
While the DC movies he starred in, including Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, were not met well critically, Affleck’s portrayal of both Bruce Wayne and Batman is now considered one of the best depicted on screen. Thus, it will no doubt come as a disappointment to learn that he will only appear in The Flash for what amounts to a small cameo.
The recent trailer for The Flash revealed some, or should that be a lot, of footage featuring Affleck’s Batman, with the character due to sport the classic blue and gray suit. Expected to appear at the very beginning of The Flash, it’s also likely that Affleck will appear in the upcoming Aquaman sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Though with the rebooted DCU now on the horizon, don’t expect to see much more of Affleck’s Batman going forward.
Ben Affleck Will Not be the Only Batman in The Flash
Ben Affleck will not be the only Batman to appear in The Flash, with the movie also bringing back Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne aka Batman after more than 30 years. Alongside Keaton, The Flash stars Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, aka The Flash, Sasha Calle as Supergirl, and Michael Shannon as General Zod, as well as Ron Livingston, Maribel Verdú, Kiersey Clemons, and Antje Traue.
“Worlds collide in “The Flash” when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past,” the official synopsis for The Flash reads. “But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to. That is, unless Barry can coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian… albeit not the one he’s looking for. Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry’s only hope is to race for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to reset the universe?”
The Flash is now scheduled to have its world premiere at CinemaCon on April 25, 2023, before being released theatrically on June 16, 2023.
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