With Jeffrey Dean Morgan currently experiencing a huge boost in popularity thanks to his role as Negan in AMC’s The Walking Dead, many are eager to see more from the charismatic Morgan. And now, the actor himself has teased a possible role in the DC Extended Universe.
Of course, Morgan has already appeared in the DCEU, playing Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That was only a small part, however, and his appearance was merely to once again showcase that night in Crime Alley in which Bruce Wayne’s parents are murdered. Elsewhere, JDM also has previous when it comes to comic-book movies, playing the Comedian in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation.
Fuelling the fires of possibility, speaking at New Jersey’s Walker Stalker Con – as reported by ComicBook.com – Morgan teased, “There’s a role in the DC Universe I’ve got my eye on.”
That was all that was said, and it’s sure to get fans talking about just which character Morgan could have in mind. One option, mind, could be that Jeffrey Dean Morgan will actually end up playing Batman. Let us explain…
With the solo movie for Ezra Miller’s Flash now titled Flashpoint, many have taken that as an indicator that the film could pull inspiration from Geoff Johns’ iconic Flashpoint comic-book arc. In that tale, Barry Allen goes back in time to save his mother, but his actions inadvertently change the present day as we know it. As well as Barry no longer having his superspeed, one of the biggest shockers about this new modern-day is that Bruce Wayne died that night in Crime Alley. Following that tragedy, Martha Wayne went crazy and became the Joker… and Thomas Wayne became an aggressive, heavy-drinking Batman. Some see a Flashpoint picture as a way for Warner Brothers to shake-up their problematic DC Extended Universe and right some of the plentiful wrongs of this shared realm.
So, if the Flashpoint movie does indeed pull plenty from the comic-book story of the same name, it could well be that we see Jeffrey Dean Morgan playing Batman in this altered timeline. Then again, Morgan may have a completely different DC hero or villain in mind. It's worth keeping in mind, though, that he has previously talked about how he'd be more than happy to play the Flashpoint timeline's Batman.
Make of this what you will, and, as ever, we’ll be sure to bring you more on this if and when anything further develops.