This year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” introduced audiences to a new Batman played by Ben Affleck. With a follow-up appearance in August’s “Suicide Squad” and more to come in 2017’s “Justice League” film, fans are going to get very acquainted with Affleck’s take on Bruce Wayne over the next few years. But that isn’t stopping another actor from daydreaming about donning the cape and cowl — and it’s an actor that we’ve already seen play another Wayne.
While speaking with CinemaBlend, Jeffrey Dean Morgan shared his own theory for how he could take over the Bat-mantle. Because Morgan played Bruce Wayne’s father Thomas Wayne in “Batman v Superman,” that could just be the key — because Thomas Wayne was himself Batman in the DC Comics event “Flashpoint.”
“Maybe when [director Zack Snyder] cast me that was kind of the goal,” said Morgan of him playing Batman in a “Flashpoint” film. “Hopefully DC can figure this all out, and in a few years I can come back and do a Flashpoint Batman! I would love it. That would be great.”
The storyline, which was published in 2011, follows what happens to the DC Universe after the Flash runs back in time to save his mother from being murdered. The changes that ripple out from that one moment affect everything in the DCU, including making Thomas Wayne Batman instead of Bruce.
And if you’ve already heard the term “Flashpoint” a lot, that’s because the story’s already been adapted in a few forms. An animated movie called “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” was released in 2013 that closely adapted the comic storyline. And even more recently, “Flashpoint” is unfolding on the current season of the CW series “The Flash.” The previous season finale saw Barry Allen rush back in time to save his mom from dying, thus setting the stage for the new “Flashpoint” reality that Barry is now trying to navigate.
Whether or not the DC films will get to a point where they can accurately adapt “Flashpoint” remains to be seen; after all, they’re still in the process of getting the Justice League together. But for people wanting to see more of Jeffrey Dean Morgan doing violent actions in a comic-based property, look no further than his upcoming role as Negan on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” After debuting as the villain in the last season finale, Morgan will be swinging his deadly bat when the show returns on October 23.
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