Director Andy Muschietti opened up about Ben Affleck’s return to the DC Extended Universe for The Flash, revealing that Batman will play a “very important role” in elevating the film to a whole new emotional level. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Muschietti discussed the relationship between Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen and Affleck’s Bruce Wayne, hinting that their emotional connection would form a significant part of the scripts (which, by the way, did land on the Affleck office only at “end of last week”).
“He plays a very important role in the emotional impact of the film. The interaction and relationship between Barry and Affleck’s Wayne will bring an emotional level that we have never seen before, ”explained Muschietti. “It’s Barry’s movie, it’s Barry’s story, but their characters are more connected than you think. They both lost their mothers to murder, and that’s one of the emotional vessels in the movie. That’s where the Affleck Batman comes in. ”While Muschietti kept many other details under the hood, he indicated that Affleck would embark on a story that would allow him to deliver a multi-faceted performance as that crossed with cape.“His Batman has a dichotomy that’s very strong, which is his masculinity – because of his looks, his towering figure, and his jawline – but he’s also very vulnerable,” Muschietti said of Affleck, who played before. Batman in Batman v Superman and Justice League. “He knows how to deliver this vulnerability from within. He just needs a story that allows him to bring this contrast, this balance. “
To add to the conversation, producer Barbara Muschietti revealed why Affleck agreed to re-register as Batman, especially after announcing his exit from the role early last year.
“There have been all kinds of stories and things that he himself has said about how hard it is playing Batman, and that had been difficult for him,” Muschietti mused. following Affleck’s departure from the role. “I think it was rather a difficult time in his life. When we approached him, he is now in a very different time in his life. He was very open to this, which was a bit of a surprise to us. It was a question mark. ”
“We are all human and are going through great times in our lives and terrible times in our lives,” she added. “Right now he’s in a place where he can really enjoy being Batman. It’s a central role, but at the same time it’s a fun part. “
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Affleck is the second Batman we know of to make an appearance in The Flash, as it has been previously reported that Michael Keaton, who donned the bat cloak in the Tim Burton films, will also be reprising his version of the character.
With no big DC presence at ComicCon @ Home this year, more news on The Flash and several other DC projects are expected to be revealed at the upcoming DC FanDome virtual convention, a two-part event that officially begins on Saturday. Aug 22. So be sure to check out IGN’s calendar breakdown, which includes panel details, how to watch, and more.
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