Jeffrey Dean Morgan: Batman Role Would Be 'Thrill of a Lifetime'

Playing Batman in DC's Flashpoint movie would be like a dream come true for Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The actor is no stranger to the DC universe. He previously played the Comedian in Zack Snyder's Watchmen adaptation in 2009 and then played Thomas Wayne in Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. And now, he's looking to reprise his role as Thomas in Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley's Flashpoint movie, based on the 2011 comic book of the same name written by current DC Films co-chief Geoff Johns.

In the Flashpoint comic series, Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) travels back in time and prevents the Reverse-Flash from murdering his mother, Nora Allen. By doing so, the Flash inadvertently launched the DC Universe into an alternate timeline known as Flashpoint, one in which Kal-El never became Superman, Aquaman and Wonder Woman are at war with each other, and Bruce Wayne was murdered instead of his parents. Because of that, Thomas Wayne ends up becoming a more brutal version of Batman to combat crime in Gotham. And that's a role Morgan wants to play.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan is hoping to reprise his role as the DCEU's Thomas Wayne in Flashpoint, but it's unclear if that will actually happen. If it does, Morgan told Total Film that he'd consider it a "thrill of a lifetime" just to put on 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."

While playing Batman would be like a dream come true for Morgan, playing the Flashpoint version of Batman (the Thomas Wayne version) would be even better. In the same interview, Morgan mentions that he considers the Flashpoint version of the Caped Crusader to be the darkest and coolest version of the character:

"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."

While there are undoubtedly plenty of dark Batman stories, Flashpoint is certainly up there for Thomas Wayne, specifically. After all, Thomas not only lost his son on that fateful evening but also his wife, Martha Wayne, who ends up becoming the Joker in the Flashpoint timeline. If Morgan does end up appearing as Batman in Flashpoint, then perhaps Lauren Cohan (who played Martha in BvS) will appear as the Joker as well, but we'll just have to wait and see.

For now, audiences can look forward to Flashpoint reportedly entering production this year, with the film also expected to be a loose adaptation of the source material. While alternate versions of Aquaman and Wonder Woman will reportedly appear, with Ben Affleck possibly reprising his role as Batman for potentially the final time, the movie won't be a direct adaptation of the universe-altering story arc. For instance, Reverse-Flash and the rest of the Flash's rogues gallery are supposed to appear in the film, but Doctor Light might be the main villain. At the moment, much is unclear about DC's Flashpoint movie and how it will impact the overarching DCEU, but hopefully fans shouldn't have to wait too much longer to find out exactly what's going on.

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Source: Total Film

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