Grant Morrison and Tony S. Daniel's triumphant words for Batman #676 may have been used in the comics, but they may also apply in the movies. Despite numerous claims that Ben Affleck would leave the role of Batman after a brief appearance in The Flash, a recent Instagram post from Jason Momoa suggests that he will reprise his role as Batman in next years Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
This raises several concerns about the current state of the DC film universe. After all, Robert Pattinson starred in The Batman just earlier this year, and Michael Keaton has been dubbed as the primary Batman in The Flash and Batgirl. Does the reunion of Afflecks Bruce Wayne and Momoas Arthur Curry suggest that the Snyderverse has been restored?
Disperse the Snyderverse
According to reports from the SDCC, DC Comics' chief creative officer Jim Lee stated that there would be no more films set in the Snyderverse, or that would continue Zack Snyder's Justice League's apocalyptic plot. Despite rumors on the internet, Superman actor Henry Cavill did not attend SDCC to announce that his Snyder-pioneered Man of Steel would return to the DCEU. That's in line with David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, who believes the
Other Justice League actors have filed numerous charges against DC executives, including producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, resulting in the Fishers' disappearance from The Flash.
Ezra Miller, who plays a couple of Barry Allens in the upcoming film, has become more erratic in the last few months. Despite occasional requests to get Miller replaced with another actor, such as CW Barry Allen Grant Gustin or Elliot Page, Miller remains in the role. However, WB has no intention to work with them again.
Momoa, Affleck, and Wonder Woman Gal Gadot are the only remaining members of Snyder's cinematic Justice League, which she introduced in the final episode of Peacemaker, confirming her connection to the rest of the DCEU. However, Peacemaker retains only a few of the Snyder movies, disregarding the tone and plot mechanics of the two Wonder Woman films directed by Patty Jenkins, and even Shazam!, directed by David F. Sandberg.
These films do not so much restore the Snyderverse as disperse it, while simultaneously ignoring those that aren't suitable. Such as many of the events in the Snyder Cut, which isnt canon with the main DCEU timeline, as the director himself clarified in 2021.
Batfleck Begins, Quits, and Returns
Ben Affleck, who continues to star in films despite his retirement claims, seemed enthused when he joined the Justice League with Chris Terrio, the screenwriter of Academy Award winner Argo. Affleck originally planned to star in and direct The Batman, but Joe Manganiellos Deathstroke was rescheduled.
Affleck decided to throw out the cape after Justice League received mixed reviews and commercial backlash. During the production of The Batman, Affleck initially stated that he would leave the universe early. However, when Snyder received funding to complete his version of Justice League, Affleck reprised his role as Batman for a conversation with Martian Manhunter and the extended Knightmare sequence. But Momoas Instagram suggests otherwise.
The simple reason for most situations is probably the most correct. Second, early reports indicated that Keaton might play the Batman in Aquaman, but due to The Flash being postponed until 2022, there is no longer a reason why Keatons Bruce is in the DCEU WB seems to have replaced Keatons scenes with Affleck. Keaton was initially planned for a comeback, so Affleck's will likely not be a major commitment to the role.
Crisis in the DCEU?
All of this hemming and hawing indicates a crisis in the DCEU, or that the live-action universe isn't working in its current form. However, I would argue the opposite. The live-action DC Universe has followed the comics' lead first and then by television series.
Despite recent trends, Marvel Comics tends to prefer a single universe that is kept together on a sliding timeline, which keeps everything in continuity and everyone at the same age (for example, the perpetually 30-something Tony Stark was initially captured in Vietnam, later someplace in West Asia, soon someplace elsewhere). DC, on the other hand, uses reboots and alternate universes to keep its characters young and continuity limited.
Most famously in Crisis on Infinite Earths and its first sequel Zero Hour, DC has attempted to write out storylines that do not fit its official continuity. However, it has, as of late, accepted everything as canon.
DC movies have room to expand and evolve as styles and actors change. With the Snyderverse, Zack Snyder and Jim Lee may continue in their own new continuity, taking the best parts and leaving the rest behind. With Hypertime in place, Batman can be Affleck, Pattinson, Kevin Conroy, and many others, while Barry Keoghan, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jared Leto can all be the Joker.
Thanks to this approach, filmmakers have the freedom to modify DC characters as they please, keeping them fresh and interesting for years. Batman will never die, no matter how many times Affleck steps down or rises again.