Thanks to The Flash getting a potentially reality-breaking standalone movie, Jeffrey Dean Morgan teased a potential DC Extended Universe return with his Walking Dead co-star that would blow comic book fans’ minds. There’s the potential that he could return in his role as Thomas Wayne reprising the part he played in an earlier DC movie. Speaking to ComicBook.com, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohen made it clear that they would jump at the chance to bring their Thomas and Martha Wayne story to life on the big screen in the DC Extended Universe.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan became even more of a household name when he joined The Walking Dead in 2016 as the infamous Negan. His arrival had a rather big impact on Lauren Cohen’s character, Maggie. However, it’s worth noting that they just missed each other in their respective roles on Supernatural, which solidified them both in fans’ hearts long before The Walking Dead. The duo then went on to play Thomas and Martha Wayne in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice where they portrayed the parents to Bruce Wayne whose death sets the youngster on a path to become Gotham’s caped crusader, Batman.
However, in a story from the Flashpoint comic books, Bruce is the one shot in the alley and his parents survive. This leads to a world where Thomas Wayne became an extra-violent version of Batman and Martha Wayne became the Joker. Even for a franchise stepping well into their version of the Multiverse, this feels like a crazy story, but it would be awesome to see.
Unfortunately, Jeffrey Dean Morgan was quick to note that he’s not sure if this is possible given how complicated the DC Extended Universe has become thanks to the release of the Snyder Cut of The Justice League. There may not be canonical room for the return of Thomas and Martha Wayne in such a complex story. However, it’s not outside the realm of possibility thanks to the upcoming standalone movie, The Flash.
In Flashpoint, Barry Allen goes back in time to prevent the death of his mother, which fans already know his dad, played by Billy Crudup, is wrongfully doing time for. That sparks a chain of events that alter the timeline in various ways, including making little Bruce Wayne the victim of that mugging outside the theater in Gotham. Ezra Miller is hard at work on his much-delayed movie as Barry Allen, and it’s possible given its popularity among comic fans that a version of Flashpoint could play out on screen and bring Jeffrey Dean Morgan into the fold as Batman.
However, that’s very unlikely given the fact that Michael Keaton has been brought on to play an older version of Batman in The Flash. Whether the movie admits it or not, it’s likely he’ll help usher in the DC Extended Universe’s version of the multiverse rather than an alternate timeline. This would put The Flash movie more in line with the Crisis on Infinite Earths plotline than the Flashpoint one. Also, given Ben Affleck is reportedly on board to appear in The Flash, it would be hard to call a movie featuring three Batmans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ben Affleck, and Michael Keaton) anything but a Batman movie.
Still, the fact of the matter is that the DC Extended Universe, thanks in large part to the potential of the Snyder Cut, is in a state of flux right now. As it seeks to introduce the multiverse, there’s no shortage of opportunities to tell more out-there stories from the canon of DC Comics that don’t necessarily have to affect the events of the main universe audiences have already been introduced to. What more out-there, fan-favorite story could there be than bringing on Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohen as Batman and the first female Joker?