Batfleck Returning for ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’

Ben Affleck will be back as Batman at least once more before hanging up the batsuit for good.

Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe, has revealed that Affleck will be making an appearance in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Apparently, Affleck is replacing Michael Keaton‘s previously shot scene as Batman, which was reportedly the post-credits scene for the Aquaman sequel. Rumors have it that the scene involved Keaton meeting with Aquaman to assemble a new Justice League team. Whether or not that is true I honestly don’t know, but I’m a bit confused as to how swapping out Batmans will make any sense if the scene was originally written for Keaton’s Dark Knight.

Are you confused yet? Let me (try to) explain what’s going on in the DCEU right now. The Flash will feature both Batfleck and Keaton’s Caped Crusader in a time-travel/multiverse storyline that will also involve multiple versions of Ezra Miller’s Flash and the DCEU debut of Supergirl. Plot details are scarce, but the assumption is that the film will end with Batfleck being “lost” in the multiverse and Michael Keaton’s two Batman films from 1989 and 1992 being smushed into the DCEU’s main timeline. This has already been confirmed by set photos from Batgirl, which will include flashbacks of Keaton’s Batman working alongside the DCEU Commissioner Gordon (played by JK Simmons).

Now Warner Bros. keeps swapping its DC films around the calendar. The Flash was originally supposed to come out before Aquaman 2, but now that Aquaman 2 is coming out before The Flash, the underwater film’s post-credits scene had to be reshot to make sense continuity-wise (because a clear continuity is clearly what Warner Bros. is after these days).

James Wan returns to direct Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which opens in theaters on March 17, 2023. The Flash hits theaters later that year on June 23.

Are you excited to see Batfleck again, even if it’s only for a small cameo?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

"Wait a minute. Wait a minute Doc, uh, are you telling me you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?"