Now that the DC Extended Universe is set to dive fully into the concept of the multiverse over the next couple of years, fans are imagining the possibilities for who could join in the fray. This has been pushed along even further with the confirmation that Michael Keaton will reprise his 1989 Batman in 2022’s The Flash, with Ben Affleck coming back into the fold as well after reshoots for the Snyder Cut of Justice League.
The Flash is already set to feature Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, and two separate versions of Batman alongside Ezra Miller’s leading hero. However, news just arrived concerning another past DC star who won't be included in this massive solo feature.
In a new interview with Empire, via Digital Spy, Batman & Robin star George Clooney revealed that he was not asked to play his version of Bruce Wayne in 2022’s The Flash alongside Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck. Clooney shared that the studio "didn't call" him about the upcoming DCEU role:
"It's funny – you'll notice they didn't call me! Somehow I didn't get that call. They did not ask for my nipples."
WHAT THIS MEANS
Even being recognized as one of the greatest and most successful actors of this lifetime, George Clooney clearly doesn’t have fond memories of suiting up as Batman in the 1997 film. Acting alongside other notable stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze and Chris O’Donnell as Robin, the Academy Award-winner has gone on record multiple times about not putting in a great performance in what he has called “a terrible movie.”
Clooney's new comments also clarify a previous rumor that the actor was approached to return for The Flash alongside other ex-Batman actors Val Kilmer and Christian Bale. While there is still the small chance that a return could occur, it seems very unlikely given Clooney's comments.
With so many potential former DC stars available to join in this new multiversal DCEU solo film, it will be interesting to find out what the final cast ends up looking like. There are no serious rumors pointing to any other unexpected appearances yet, but with nearly two years until the film releases, anything is still possible.
The Flash is set to begin shooting in 2021 before its anticipated release on November 4, 2022.