Fans are buzzing about the DCEU again. There’ve been a string of great solo films, Birds of Prey was liked (if not profitable), and Wonder Woman 1984 is set to help save the movie business as COVID lockdowns lift across the U.S. And with Zack Snyder’s Justice League set to debut on HBO Max next year, DCEU fans are eating well this summer. Thus, a familiar rumor has resurfaced again, and the Twitter-machine and geek sites are wild for it. They suggest that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is in talks to play the Thomas Wayne version of Batman in the21 DCEU Flash movie.
When Batman v. Superman first debuted Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Thomas Wayne getting gunned down, fans took notice. Morgan has a relationship with Snyder, and he played Eddie “The Comedian” Blake in Snyder’s Watchmen. With a Flash movie in the future, fans expected to see Morgan return as Thomas Wayne whenever the films decided to adapt the classic comic story Flashpoint. An adaptation of this story kicked off the New 52 animated universe, and the CW The Flash series made it a key part of its third season storyline.
Gus found the comedian mask. Still fits like a glove. And looks extra extra with my badass bifocals. Here’s to a masked comeback in 2020. pic.twitter.com/Df7WHuaNnN
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) December 31, 2019
In January, Morgan even got the rumor mill working himself, when he tweeted a picture of himself in his mask from the Watchmen film. “Here’s to a masked comeback in 2020,” he added.
Yet, just as it was in 2016 and 2018, the likelihood of this rumor being true…is pretty good actually. Whether or not Zack Snyder is involved, or Warner Bros. is hyped or against the DCEU, he’s probably going to play Batman in a Flash movie. (That is, if the movie can ever, you know, start filming.)
Why Would Jeffrey Dean Morgan Play Thomas Wayne or Batman in a DCEU Flash Movie?
Image via DC Comics
If you are unfamiliar with the premise of Flashpoint, here is what you need to know, but it is a pretty big spoiler. This story established that Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash, traveled back in time to kill Barry Allen’s mother, framing his father for the act. Well, Barry runs back through time to change that outcome and ends up wrecking the whole world. One of the biggest changes is that instead of Bruce Wayne surviving the mugging, Thomas Wayne did. He then went on to become Batman in that world. Ultimately, Flash puts things as they were, but things about the universe are different. So, with the era of Ben Affleck’s Batman already over, DC needs a way to reboot their universe.
In fact, I would speculate that this is why Warner Bros. is in no hurry to make the Flash film. Because the Flashpoint story is a big ol’ reset button, and maybe right now they aren’t so sure they want to push it.
The reception to the DCEU is warmer than it once was. While folks are definitely excited for The Batman, the most vocals fans feel cheated that what the DCEU was building to (a face-off against Darkseid) will likely never happen. When Ben Affleck opened up about leaving Batman, it seemed to be less of a business decision and more of a personal one. Yet, in fans’ wildest dreams, Zack Snyder is going to be given a shot to finish his story after the HBO Max release of his version of Justice League. (I’d say this is ridiculous, but I was firmly in the camp that said that Snyder Cut would never happen, so who knows?)
Either way, reboot or not, it’s very likely Jeffrey Dean Morgan will suit up to play the Thomas Wayne Batman in a DCEU Flash movie, one way or another. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.