Ben Affleck is already coming out of retirement and will return as Batman one last time! It has been confirmed that Affleck will be playing Bruce and will be suited up in The Flash, which is set to release in 2022.
From Vanity Fair, here is what Andy Muschietti said about why he decided to add Afflecks’ Batman in the film :
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.
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.
This was surprising news. I did not expect Ben Affleck to be returning as Batman, especially since he was serious about moving on from the DC world. I wonder if we’re going to be seeing Keaton and Affleck interact in the film because fans will lose their minds. I can’t wait to see who else other than Batman will be in the movie.