'The Movie is a Bit of a Hinge' - Director Andy Muschietti on The Flash movie's connection to the DC multiverse

    When Ben Affleck made his surprise return as Batman in The Flash movie, with the director emphasizing the emotional weight of this return and the film's pivotal role in the DC Multiverse.

    Ben Affleck

    Ben Affleck

    Batman rises again! "He’s a very substantial part of the emotional impact of the movie," confirmed Andy Muschietti, director of the highly anticipated DC comic book movie, The Flash. Despite earlier retirement rumors, Ben Affleck is dusting off his cape to reprise his Batman role, marking an exciting twist in the cinematic landscape of the DC Universe as reported by Polygon in 2020.

    "Batman's Unexpected Return: Affleck Joins The Flash"

    Once removed from the spotlight following Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Affleck's iteration of Batman was believed to be retired. However, in a stunning turn of events, Affleck is joining the cast of The Flash, a project rumored to explore DC's expanded multiverse and adapt the intriguing Flashpoint comic book arc.

    The Flash

    Affleck's unexpected return intensifies the anticipated dynamics between Barry Allen, aka The Flash, portrayed by Ezra Miller, and Affleck’s Bruce Wayne. "The interaction and relationship between Barry and Affleck’s Wayne will bring an emotional level that we haven’t seen before," Muschietti revealed.

    "A Hinge in the Multiverse: The Flash's Central Role"

    Emphasizing Barry Allen's central role, Muschietti stated, "It’s Barry’s movie, it’s Barry’s story," despite the emotional leverage brought by Batman's return. The storyline draws from the Flashpoint arc in which Barry Allen alters his own timeline, a single change that sends massive ripples through the DC Universe.

    Ben Affleck as Batman

    Moreover, Muschietti illuminated the importance of The Flash movie in DC's overarching narrative. "The movie is a bit of a hinge in the sense that it presents a story that implies a unified universe where all the cinematic iterations that we’ve seen before are valid," he stated. This implies that every past, present, and future cinematic version of DC heroes and villains is part of the same unified multiverse.

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