Michael Keaton shot a scene for “Aquaman 2”

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Last week, Jason Momoa revealed in an Instagram post that Ben Affleck’s Batman would be making an appearance in the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The news came as a surprise, especially because Affleck had publicly declared he was done with “IP movies” and because it looked like two different men had already replaced him as Batman: Robert Pattinson. , who starred in the film this spring. The Batmanand Michael Keaton, who played the Dark Knight in the late 1980s and early 1990s and is set to return in the next film from The flash.

Now this sounds like Affleck’s comeback story in Aquaman could be more complicated than it looks. A Hollywood journalist article primarily about the equally surprising decision to shelve Warner Bros. bat girl movie that was already in full production and would have co-starred Michael Keaton’s Batman reveals Keaton had too filmed a scene for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

But the THR piece claims that test audiences found this scene “confusing, as it was unclear why Keaton’s Batman was in this universe.” It’s probably because the movie that reintroduces Keaton’s character is the flashwhich was originally scheduled to open before Aquaman and the Lost Kingdombut is now premiering next fall while Aquaman is scheduled for next spring. Without the flashan appearance by Keaton in Aquaman would need a lot of explanation. (THR says Keaton was originally planned as the DC Universe’s equivalent of Nick Fury, “an elderly statesman who could appear in multiple films and offer advice.”)

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The article then speculates that the fact that Affleck filmed a scene as Batman for Aquaman 2 suggests that “Keaton had been replaced by Affleck’s version of the character”. So while it’s unconfirmed, it also seems possible that we’ve reached a point where Keaton’s performance as Batman in of them movies – bat girl and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom – might just disappear in a Warner Bros. safe. somewhere. (And what does that mean for the flash? Why Warner Bros. would he get rid of all those Keaton Batman appearances if they still have his big comeback scheduled in about a year?)

Between bat girl and Aquaman, all of these reports point to huge upheavals coming to the DC Movie Universe in the near future. In addition to Aquaman 2 and the flashWarner Bros. currently has black adam with Dwayne Johnson slated for this fall, and Shazam 2 due in December. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom It’s slated to open in theaters on March 17, 2023. But at the rate things are going, I wouldn’t bet my life on any of these movies releasing as advertised.

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