This week we had another source strongly hint that Flashpoint is dead. Game Night directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who officially joined the movie in March, will likely turn it back into a solo Flash movie. While many fans are happy to hear that, there is one major downside for Batfleck fans… Ben Affleck was expected to make his final Batman appearance in Flashpoint.
We know that Affleck has one movie left on his contract. He’s said that he’s looking for a “graceful and cool” way to exit the role, so what does this Flashpoint news mean for his future as the Dark Knight? I think there are a few options.
Suicide Squad 2
Ben Affleck made a Batman appearance in the first Suicide Squad movie, so why not have him appear in the sequel as well? Many of the Suicide Squad characters exist in Batman’s world, so I think it’d be a good fit. There’s also the fact that it’s being directed by Gavin O’Connor, Affleck’s director for The Accountant. Given that the two have worked together before, I think O’Connor could get Affleck to play Batman one more time.
Harley Quinn’s Birds of Prey
Suicide Squad 2 got pushed back in favor of Margot Robbie’s “girl gang movie” which we’re calling Birds of Prey until we get an official title. In addition to Harley Quinn, it’s rumored to feature characters like Batgirl, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. It’s another movie where a Batman appearance would make a lot of sense.
And of course, there is the unfortunate possibility that Justice League was the last time we’ll ever see Ben Affleck as Batman. Just because he has one movie left on his contract doesn’t mean it needs to be fulfilled. Warner Bros. and Affleck could mutually agree that it’s time to move on. It seems like they already have to a certain extent, with The Batman director Matt Reeves reportedly looking to cast “fresh talent” in the lead role.
Those are the immediate options that jump out at me, but I want to know what you all think. Assuming Flashpoint is really dead, where do you think Ben Affleck’s final Batman appearance will be? Do you think we’ll even see him as the Dark Knight again? Let me know in the comments below.