It has been confirmed that both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton will return to playing Batman in new film The Flash.
The upcoming DC film, directed by Andy Muschietti, will see both Affleck and Keaton reprise their roles. Affleck first took up the task in 2016 while Keaton was famously the lead in 1989 and 1992.
According to Vanity Fair, The Flash will fly through multiple dimensions in which he encounters different versions of Batman. This project is not said to disrupt the new Batman film starring Robert Pattinson as the lead.
Speaking about Affleck’s return, Muschietti said: “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 added: “He’s a very substantial part of the emotional impact of the movie. The interaction and relationship between Barry [Allen] and Affleck’s [Bruce] 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.”
Barbara Muschietti, the producer of The Flash, told Vanity Fair: “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,” she said. “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,” she added. “
Right now he’s in a place where he can actually enjoy being Batman. It’s a pivotal role, but at the same time it’s a fun part.”