Nobody is quite sure what the long-term plan is for the DC film universe. However, one thing we do know is that a Flashpoint movie is planned at some point. The other thing we know is that Jeffrey Dean Morgan wants in. The actor, who briefly played Thomas Wayne in the opening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has already said that he would be interested in playing the Batman in a big screen version of the timeline-altering Flashpoint movie, but Morgan wants everybody to understand that this isn’t just something he’s willing to do, it’s something that he wants to do. According to Morgan…
With superhero movies being as popular as they are these days, they’re largely more popular than the comics that spawned them. As such, many actors aren’t necessarily all that familiar with the history of the characters they’re playing unless they do the research. Jeffrey Dean Morgan tells Total Film (via GamesRadar) that he’s well versed in the alternate history version of Thomas Wayne, and knows that it means that he could, theoretically, dawn the Batsuit in the upcoming Flashpoint movie.
And Jeffrey Dean Morgan isn’t just blowing smoke here. It’s clear that he’s well versed in the character’s history because he was campaigning to play Batman in a Flashpoint movie before it was ever announced there was even going to be a Flashpoint movie. It’s been less than a year since Warner Bros. officially added Flashpoint to its list of planned DC comics movies (rather than it simply being a solo Flash movie), and Morgan was already looking toward something like that before that happened. Whether he had inside info on what was being considered or just had a dream to put on the cape and cowl, he was interested. Based on his comment here, it sounds like he just really wants to put on the cowl. Can you blame him?
Flashpoint is a DC comics storyline that sees The Flash travel back in time and save the life of his mother. The resulting ripples through the timeline have several other major impacts on the DC comics heroes. Most notably here, the fact that a mugger kills the son of Thomas Wayne, driving him to become the Batman. He also becomes a more vicious and brutal version of the character, something that Jeffrey Dean Morgan seems specifically interested in playing.
While we have no idea when we’ll see the Flashpoint movie, there are certainly worse things it could do than have a larger role for Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He clearly is good at playing brutal characters and it seems a shame to use him in such a small way in the current DC expanded universe.