After a well-documented tough time making Joss Whedon’s Justice League in 2017, that incarnation of Batman, in the form of Ben Affleck, returns to the role in the upcoming DC Comics movie The Flash. He says it put the fun back into playing the character again.
Affleck will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne and Batman alongside Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen / the Flash in the Andy Muschietti-directed adaption. Speaking to Variety he had plenty to say about his return:
“It was a really nice way to revisit that as the prior experience had been difficult, this was really lovely. Really fun. I had a great time… I’m probably under some gag order that I’m not even aware that I probably just violated and I’m now going to be sued.”
He also said how much he enjoyed catching up with his fellow co-stars on-set over in the UK while making the movie.
“I love Ezra and I had a chance to see Jason [Momoa], who’s over there making ‘Aquaman [and the Lost Kingdom].
Affleck isn’t the only Batman to appear in the movie. The film is influenced by the comic book storyline Flashpoint, which sees the DC multiverse come into play, so different versions of Batman can turn up.
Filming on The Flash began in April 2021 in the UK and Michael Keaton has also joined them as another Batman. Speaking about his return on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Keaton said he fitted straight back into the costume from Tim Burton’s 1989 version:
“Svelte as ever. Same dimensions. Same fitting.”
Keaton left the role after 1992’s Batman Returns, leaving the way open for everyone from George Clooney to Will Arnett to have a turn in various incarnations of the Caped Crusader.
Keaton had praise for Will Arnett’s Lego Batman, saying it makes him laugh every time, adding that he’s lost count about how many versions there have been
“I don’t know how many there are, like 77 Batmans. They probably should form their own union.”
Keaton had previously told The Hollywood Reporter that returning to the role for The Flash meant a lot to him:
“What’s really interesting is how much more I got [Batman] when I went back and did him, I get this on a whole other level now.
I totally respect it. I respect what people are trying to make. I never looked at it like, ‘Oh, this is just a silly thing.’ It was not a silly thing when I did Batman. But it has become a giant thing, culturally….This is a big deal in the world to people. You’ve got to honor that and be respectful of that.”
The Flash is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 4, 2022.