After the news was released about Michael Keaton continuing to play Batman in the upcoming “Batgirl” film after he returns in “The Flash,” it is clear that Ben Affleck’s days as the Caped Crusader are coming to a close. And in a new interview with the Herald Sun, the actor essentially confirms that and thinks his return as Batman in “The Flash” is the perfect end to what has been a controversial run as the character.
Ben Affleck debuted as Batman in the polarizing “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” He would continue to play the character in a brief scene in “Suicide Squad” and then in Joss Whedon’s version of “Justice League” in 2017. After the latter fizzled, plans for a solo Affleck Batman movie died, and it appeared WB was ready to move forward without the actor in the role. But then, Affleck was announced as appearing one more time in “The Flash,” working alongside fellow Batman actor Micheal Keaton in a multiversal story. And it seems that’s going to be Affleck’s swan song as the superhero.
In the new interview, the actor does say that his experience doing the additional shooting for “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” and the production of “The Flash” “put a really nice finish on my experience with that character.”
He’s so high on “The Flash,” as a matter of fact, he teased that the scenes he has in that film are his favorite of any he had as Batman.
“I have never said this – this is hot off the presses – but maybe my favorite scenes in terms of Batman and the interpretation of Batman that I have done were in the Flash movie,” he said. “I hope they maintain the integrity of what we did because I thought it was great and really interesting – different, but not in a way that is incongruent with the character.
He added, “Who knows? Maybe they will decide that it doesn’t work, but when I went and did it, it was really fun and really, really satisfying and encouraging, and I thought, ‘Wow – I think I have finally figured it out.’”
So, while it’s clear Keaton is the aging Batman of the future, Affleck can put a bow on his run as Bruce Wayne with what he thinks might be his favorite performance as the character. That makes “The Flash,” which arrives in November, something DC film fans will be even more excited about.