Flashpoint’s Cancellation Rumored To Be Because Ben Affleck’s Leaving The Batman
This week brought some disappointing news for DC fans, as word has it that the upcoming Flash solo movie won’t be an adaptation of the reality-warping Flashpoint storyline anymore. As we’ve been teased a lot about what this could involve, including roles for Wonder Woman and an alternate Batman, we’re left scratching our heads as to why the project has changed gears now.
WB has yet to comment on the matter – obviously – but according to Mario-Francisco Robles of Revenge of the Fans, Flashpoint‘s cancellation is to do with Ben Affleck finally making a decision about his future with the DCEU. And it looks like he’s decided to call it quits. Batman was expected to play a major role in Flashpoint, but with Affleck out of the picture now, it seems the studio have just decided to cut their losses and do a straight-up Flash film that makes use of Ezra Miller’s talents.
It was previously thought by many that Flashpoint was going to be used to iron out any wrinkles in the DCEU and reboot the universe as Warner Bros. saw fit, much like X-Men: Days of Future Past did for its franchise. However, Revenge of the Fans’ report claims that new DC Entertainment chief Walter Hamada has decided to simply move on from the mistakes of the past without the need for a reset button.
We should file this away in the rumor cabinet for now, but Flashpoint‘s cancellation makes it clear that there’s definitely some major rethinking going on behind the scenes at WB. As for whether Affleck really is hanging up his cowl for good, it’s impossible to say at this point, as we’ve heard so many varying reports about his fluctuating relationship with the DCEU.
Most recently, though, word was pointing to him getting in shape to play the Batman again in an upcoming movie, so who knows? Until Warner Bros. decides to break the silence, all we can do is speculate.