Here’s why Ben Affleck may take over as Batman in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in place of Michael Keaton.
Fans of the DC Extended Universe had a welcome surprise earlier this week when Jason Momoa, the hero of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, revealed that he will be reunited with Batman actor Ben Affleck for the next movie. Some have conjectured that one Michael Keaton may be involved in light of this disclosure.
In addition to reprising his role as Batman in The Flash, Michael Keaton will make another DC Extended Universe cameo in Batgirl. A later date has been planned for the release of the movie. The Flash was supposed to come out before Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, so it’s possible that Ben Affleck’s involvement in reshoots is related to the postponements of Jason Momoa’s sequel from December 2022 to March 2023 and Ezra Miller’s solo movie from November 2022 to June 2023.
Ben Affleck will also appear in The Flash, and given Michael Keaton’s appearances in both that film and Batgirl, it appears likely that the update to Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is to accommodate the updated release date schedule and chronology in order to make these upcoming DCEU films feel more cohesive in this vision.
In the upcoming sequel, which is being directed by James Wan, Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry, Amber Heard plays Mera, Dolph Lundgren plays Nereus, Patrick Wilson plays Orm/Ocean Master, Nicole Kidman plays Atlanna, Randall Park plays Dr. Stephen Shin, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays Black Manta, Temuera Morrison plays Arthur Curry, Vincent Regan plays Atlan, Jani Zaho plays Stingray, Indya Moore plays Karshon, while Pilou Asbaek from Game of Thrones plays an unspecified part.
On March 17, 2023, the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be shown in cinemas.