Rumors spread like wildfire over social media, especially when it comes to superhero movies. In the case of James Gunn’s new DCU, which will get a kickstart with the release of The Flash movie trailer tonight, the rumors just don’t seem to end. I go away for a couple of days to unplug, and during that brief time, people got it in their heads that George Clooney was coming back as Batman? Huh? Where’d that come from?
Basically, a rumor surfaced that The Flash was undergoing one more reshoot that would remove an end-credits scene with Ben Affleck’s Batman and would instead feature a classic Batman actor in the role. No, not Michael Keaton. His version of Batman is already in the film. So that would leave Christian Bale, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney, with fans settling on it being Clooney for whatever reason.
Well, as he’s wont to do, James Gunn responded to these rumors on Twitter. And in short order he debunked the Clooney theory, while confirming something else. The DCU version of Batman, that we will see raising Damian Wayne in The Brave & the Bold, will be played by a new actor…
Does this mean were still getting an actor who has already batman or were getting a new actor all together?
— CharChar✞ (@CharCharMan1) February 11, 2023
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 11, 2023
Two answers, four words. There are four DC films releasing this year before Gunn’s vision begins to take shape, but I think it’s clear that everything happening right now does matter and is worth paying attention to.