Here’s why Ben Affleck may be replacing Michael Keaton’s Batman in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Earlier this week, fans of the DC Extended Universe were treated to a pleasant surprise when Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom star Jason Momoa shared that he will be reuniting with Batman actor Ben Affleck on the upcoming film. Given this announcement, some have speculated on the potential involvement of one Michael Keaton.
Michael Keaton, who is set to reprise his role as Batman in The Flash has another upcoming DCEU appearance in Batgirl. That film is set to be released sometime afterwards. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was originally set to be released before The Flash, but now that Ezra Miller’s standalone film was delayed from its original November 2022 release to June 2023 and Jason Momoa’s sequel was delayed from December 2022 to March 2023, perhaps this is why Ben Affleck is participating in reshoots.
Ben Affleck will also be appearing in The Flash, and given Michael Keaton’s appearance in both that film and Batgirl, it seems likely that this update regarding Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is to accommodate the update release date schedule and chronology in order to make these upcoming DCEU films feel more cohesive in this vision.
Here is the upcoming Aquaman sequel’s synopsis:
When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must forge an uneasy alliance with an unlikely ally to protect Atlantis, and the world, from irreversible devastation.
Directed by James Wan, the upcoming sequel stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Arthur Curry, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, Vincent Regan as Atlan, Jani Zaho as Stingray, Indya Moore as Karshon, and Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbæk in an unknown role.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will hit theaters on March 17, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming film along with Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton’s roles as Batman and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.