Taking on the role of Batman in DC’s Flashpoint would be a dream come true for actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
No stranger to the DC universe, he previously played the Comedian in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, before playing Thomas Wayne in Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. Now, he’s looking to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne’s father in Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s Flashpoint film, based on the 2011 comic written by DC Films co-chief Geoff Johns.
In the comic series, Barry Allen travels back in time, preventing Reverse-Flash from murdering his mother. In doing so, the Flash inadvertently launched an alternate timeline in which Kal-El never became Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are at war with each other, and Bruce Wayne was murdered instead of his parents. And because of that, Thomas Wayne becomes a more brutal version of Batman to fight crime in Gotham.
It’s this role that Morgan is hoping to play, however, it’s unclear at this point whether this will actually happen. When asked by Total Film, Jeffrey Dean Morgan said that he would consider it a “thrill of a lifetime” just to wear the Batsuit:
“We’ll see. I mean, look, DC is DC, and they’ll figure out what they’re going to do next. But I’m highly aware of the character, I will say that. I’m highly aware of the character, and it would probably be a thrill of a lifetime to put on the Batsuit.”
In the same interview, the actor also confessed that he considers the Flashpoint iteration of the character to be the ‘darkest’ and ‘coolest’ version of Batman:
“And what I know about the Flashpoint Batman is, you know, for me, I think he is not only the darkest of the Batmen, but the coolest. And I love his whole storyline and who he is and the tortured soul of it all.”
There are plenty of dark Batman stories out there, but Flashpoint is especially bad for Thomas Wayne, as not only does he lose his young son, but also his wife, as the story sees Martha Wayne become the Joker. If Morgan does appear in Flashpoint, it’s unclear as to whether Lauren Cohan (who played Martha in BvS) will appear as Joker, but it would certainly be exciting to see.
For now, we’ll have to make do with the knowledge that Flashpoint should be entering production this year.