Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton are Both Batman in the Surprisingly Awesome New ‘The Flash’ Trailer
Fans of 1989’s Batman, rejoice! Michael Keaton returns to utter his immortal “I’m Batman” line in the first full trailer for The Flash, which shows both Keaton and Ben Affleck reprising their roles as the Caped Crusader in a new multiverse-spanning tale. While the DC cinematic universe is something of a mess at the moment, The Flash is meant to reset the status quo and create a new foundation for DC’s film, TV and gaming efforts going forward. And while it’s unclear just what the universe will look like once The Flash has done its dash, the new trailer promises we’ll have plenty of fun getting there.
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Those who’ve followed DC movies throughout the ages will find plenty of enjoyably nostalgic nods throughout the new footage, including a glimpse of Keaton’s iconic Batmobile, the classic cavernous Batcave design, and the original gothic Wayne Manor. There’s also an updated Batwing that appears to borrow heavily from the ‘89 original’s design and the return of Michael Shannon as Zod from 2013’s Man of Steel.
Not everything is recycled, though, as there’s some new blended with the old, including two Ezra Millers (returning perhaps for the last time as Barry Allen/The Flash) and the appearance of a new Kryptonian hero in the form of Supergirl, replacing Henry Cavill’s Superman thanks to Barry’s universe-hopping antics.
And then there’s Batman overload. In the wake of Robert Pattinson’s donning of the cape and cowl for 2022’s The Batman, it seems production company Warner Bros. knows that the Dark Knight is a licence to print money, meaning there’s no such thing as too many pointy-eared vigilantes on our screens. With Keaton not having thrown on his batsuit for over 30 years – his last appearance was in 1992’s Batman Returns – and Affleck consistently coming back despite threats to pack it in, it will be interesting to see if either bat is left standing at The Flash’s conclusion – co-chairman and co-CEO of DC Studios James Gunn has recently said the role will be recast (again!) for an upcoming feature entitled Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Whatever the future holds for DC’s cinematic universe, The Flash looks to us like a genuinely good time. Check out the trailer above or via the link below.