In a world that seems to be perpetually affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a brand new list of film push backs have been announced. Included in the lineup are titles such as DC League of Super-Pets, Black Adam, and The Flash. Unfortunately, this means that Ben Affleck fans everywhere waiting for the star to once again rush to the Bat-Signal, will need to wait a little bit longer. Initially slated for a release date of November 4, we will now be kept in anticipation until the summer of 2023, June 23 to be exact, for the Flash and friends to speed onto our screens.
While much of the film’s storyline is being kept under wraps, we do know that Barry Allen aka The Flash (Ezra Miller) will use his powers to time travel in an attempt to stop his mother’s murder. As sci-fi and superhero fans will know, time travel is never the answer as it causes much more trouble than what it’s worth. Because of his actions, Barry will set the stage for a slew of negative consequences to befall all of those surrounding him. Starring alongside Ezra Miller will be Ben Affleck who will reclaim his role as the caped crusader. Affleck will play the younger version of Batman while Michael Keaton will be zapped in from an alternate universe to reprise his role from 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns. Honestly, we’re getting some heavy Spider-Man: No Way Home vibes, but we aren’t complaining about seeing some of our favorite actors from the Batmans of yesteryear making appearances. Ron Livingston, Kiersey Clemons, Antje Traue, Sasha Calle, and Michael Shannon will also appear with Shannon reprising his role as General Zod who was initially defeated in 2013’s Man of Steel. With the known setup of returning characters to the world of Gotham, it will be interesting to see who else shows up.
Ben Affleck first took over the role of the dark knight in Zack Snyder’s 2016, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman. Since then, he’s appeared in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad as well as Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon’s Justice League. Despite his time as Gotham’s protector being met with mixed reviews, Affleck’s appearance in The Flash will solidify him as the actor with the longest reign of playing Batman, a spot previously held by Christian Bale who starred in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
With a large amount of their feature productions being pushed back, the casts and crews behind the DC Universe are bound to be busy over the next year. Along with the news of the delays, HBO announced today that they will indeed be moving forward with The Batman spinoff series focused on Colin Ferrall’s depiction of The Penguin. One thing is for sure, by the time Ben Affleck and Ezra Miller come to screens everywhere in The Flash and Jason Momoa dives underwater in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, fans will be waiting with open arms for the newest additions to DC lore.