Since first donning the cowl in 2016’s Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, there’s been plenty of commentary about where Ben Affleck falls on the spectrum of actors to have embodied the playboy billionaire superhero. Granted, there’s some tough competition on the list, Affleck’s rendition falls somewhat on the lower end – not quite as bad as Val Kilmer, but nowhere near Christian Bale.
That said, there were some of us, a small but dedicated, faceless faction who realised the greatness before our eyes when we first saw Batfleck. He was our Batman, and in hushed whispers we would toast to his return.
Today, our dream has been realised with confirmed reports via Vanity Fair that Affleck’s Batman will once again return, proving that Batfleck is forever.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, The Flash director Andy Muschietti explains of Affleck: “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.”
“This movie is a bit of a hinge in the sense that it presents a story that implies a unified universe where all the cinematic iterations that we’ve seen before are valid,” Muschietti continued. “It’s inclusive in the sense that it is saying all that you’ve seen exists, and everything that you will see exists, in the same unified multiverse.”
Affleck’s moody, salt and pepper bearded Bat-daddy has been revived to appear in the forthcoming movie for fellow DC staple, The Flash, played by Ezra Miller. As well as running fast (and also having dead parents), The Flash’s whole deal is messing with timelines and universes, something that’s set to be a key plot point in the upcoming stand alone.
There have also been reports that Michael Keaton, who played the caped crusader previously under the watch of director Tim Burton in 1989, will also be reprising his Bruce Wayne for the film, heavily suggesting some multiverse silly buggers, the type we see throughout Flashpoint. Very interesting indeed.