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THE BATMAN: Is The Death of The FLASHPOINT Movie The Final Nail In The Coffin For Batfleck?

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Following today’s report about Flashpoint reverting back to being just a solo The Flash movie, I thought I’d chime in with another big rumor I’ve been hearing these last few days. It has to do with Ben Affleck’s future as Batman, and it’s something I’ve alluded to a couple of times on my show. A decision seems to have finally been about Affleck’s tenure as The Dark Knight, and if the rumors are true that Flashpoint is no longer a thing, this indicates that his run as Batman is over.

See, when a Flashpoint movie was conceived by those in charge of DC Entertainment last year, one of the covert reasons for turning the Flash movie into a time-traveling tale based on the epic comic book crossover event was so that they could retcon certain things. The studio, reacting to the backlash against Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, wanted to use Flashpoint in a way similar to how Fox used X-Men: Days of Future Past– to reset the franchise and write themselves out of a creative corner. Also, they were going to find a way to use the storyline to transition Affleck out of the role of Batman.

That was the running rumor, at least, or the Conventional Wisdom.

But ever since Walter Hamada took control of DC Entertainment, old plans have been getting reworked. He was brought in to shake things up, streamline the slate, and get the series back on track. Hamada’s apparent decision to make Ezra Miller’s next The Flash outing into a solo movie indicates he no longer wants to bother with a Reset Button; He’d rather just move on.

With that in mind, I’ve been hearing murmurs all over the place that the scrapping of Flashpoint would go hand-in-hand with the end of Affleck’s tenure as Batman. I’m sure that will dismay folks who’ve been reading into other rumors and attention shown to how Affleck is “getting back in shape” for- possibly- another Batman movie, but all I can say is this:

If Affleck does don the cowl again, which I think is incredibly unlikely at this point, it would now just be for a brief appearance in Suicide Squad 2 and definitely not in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

Mind you, that’s just speculation on my part. The purpose of this report is merely to pass along the near-deafening rumors I’ve been hearing that Affleck is gone.


ALSO: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Affleck


As usual, I’ll keep you posted on if I hear anything different or more solid later on. But this is the latest bochinche I can offer on this subject.

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Mario-Francisco Robles

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  • Amoos

    Not necceseraly
    It might be that they have reached an agreement with ben
    So they dont have to use flashpoint at all
    That assuming they were going to use it as a reboot

    Add to that ss2 delay
    Allowing gavin and ben to make the accountant 2
    Hence ,not monoploizing ben

    • Mario-Francisco Robles

      As cool as that would be, I wouldn’t count on it. It’s not sounding good :-/

  • madhunt

    “eluded”… really? How about “alluded”?

    • Mario-Francisco Robles

      Good catch! Thanks. I’ll fix it now 🙂

  • Frank Dirscherl

    So, Gyllenhaal is in then?

    • Frank Dirscherl

      And when might we find this out?

      • Mario-Francisco Robles

        Not sure, because there’s no real rush right now. I want to say SDCC, but when you think about it…The Batman doesn’t even have a release date yet. So they have time to get everything lined up.

        They have other projects that are much closer to entering production that are going to take precedence for a while.

      • Frank Dirscherl

        Yeah, makes sense. Hopefully it might be SDCC. I know there’s no rush right now, but The Batman IS DC/WB’s most important project, and they know it (and we know it). So rush or no rush, they need to get things moving on this, and if they have made a final decision re: Affleck/Gyllenhaal/whomever, that means things are moving forward with some sort of pace and precision.

    • Auron1Roxas2

      No Ben Affleck is batman.

      • Frank Dirscherl

        Apparently not.

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  • Jaanu Gul

    agreed.

    • Frank Dirscherl

      Affleck never caught on with the public, though, and it looks like Affleck has tired of the role. He certainly wasn’t happy at the film’s lack of success.

  • QTN

    Fine with me. Reeves should get to cast his own Batman. That strategy worked for Nolan and Burton.

  • Joshua Fuson

    Forget Ben as Batman and get Scott Adkins.

    • Auron1Roxas2

      Ben is batman moron get over it.

      • Frank Dirscherl

        You don’t have proof he’s staying either. We all just have to wait and see.

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  • Auron1Roxas2

    Why are you idiots still spreading these lies? You have no proof at all to back up your idiotic claims. Ben Affleck is batman get over it.

  • Frank Dirscherl

    If Affleck is gone, it’s just gonna be a straight recast. Nothing more needs to be done.

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