The last Flash The trailer suggests that Michael Keaton’s Batman has a bigger role in the film than many initially assumed. Ezra Miller returns to DCEU as Scarlet Speedster after starring in Zack Snyder Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Directed by Andy Muschietti, FlashThe first trailer for released at DC FanDome 2021, offering a preview of what to expect from the standalone film.
It’s no secret that Flash was in production limbo for a while with a few director changes. But, the film finally entered production in 2021 and is currently in filming. Specific plot details are still scarce at this time, although a few relevant details have been confirmed. This includes the return of Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and the introduction of Sasha Calle as Supergirl / Kara Zor-El. Barry Allen is also joined by two variations of Batman: the first being that of Ben Affleck and the other that of Michael Keaton. Obviously, there’s a lot of excitement about their involvement, but there is heightened anticipation about Keaton’s Batman iteration simply because it’s the first time he’ll reprise the superhero role in two decades. .
Considering that this is The Flash’s solo release, it was initially unclear how involved Keaton would be in the movie. The set photos revealed him as the character of Bruce Wayne, and personal interviews with the actor confirmed that he was wearing the cape and hood again. Yet with very little knowledge of the film’s plot, questions arose as to the extent of its appearance. Some argued that it would be nothing more than an extended cameo, with the main focus on Barry Allen instead. This makes sense since he’s the main character in the film. However, Flashthe trailer suggests that Batman’s role in the film is going to be bigger than initially thought; much of the trailer focuses on him, including the two versions of The Flash visiting Tim Burton’s Wayne Manor, and then his Batcave. It even ends with the teasing of the 1989 Batmobile reveal.
Interestingly, despite all the references to Keaton’s Caped Crusader, the hero does not appear correctly in Flash trailer. Instead, there’s just a photo of his iconic hood looking outside the Batcave. But the fact that he provides the narration for the majority of the trailer further indicates the extent of his appearance. At one point, it looks like both Barry Allen and Supergirl are recruiting him for a mission, and it’s safe to say he’s at least considering joining his fellow DC heroes in the film. It is worth noting that Flash appears to be an adaptation of the Flashpoint storyline from the comics. Barry’s time travel likely fractured space-time, which had ripple effects in other universes, including Supergirl and Keaton’s Batman. The voiceover dialogue is Bruce Wayne making sense of everything that is going on.
The question now is, how does Affleck’s Batman fit into all of this? Based on what we know Flash production, the actor did not start shooting his scenes until the middle of the main shoot. Some theories suggest that Affleck’s Batman dies in the film and that this could serve as the motivation for Barry’s time travel. Additionally, many are also curious as to whether Affleck’s hero version will cross paths with Keaton’s Caped Crusader. Fans will likely have to wait until the film’s debut to find out.