DCEU star Jason Momoa seems to have jumped the gun in revealing Ben Affleck’s Batman involvement in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The two stars reunited for Aquaman 2 reshoots with Batfleck’s appearance reportedly replacing Michael Keaton’s Dark Knight cameo. The news has DC fans rejoiced, especially snyderverse fandom that remains hopeful as ever.
Momoa announced the news on Instagram by sharing a still of Affleck wearing his Bruce Wayne wig and posing alongside the Lost Kingdom lead star. In addition, he also shared a small clip from the Warner Bros. lot where fans on a bus tour seemingly saw the Justice League actor filming with Momoa. That seems to be what triggered the announcement.
The surprising reveal has put Ben Affleck’s Batman on top of the trending list in Twitter. Some are taking it as a sign Warner Bros. Discovery is interested in pursuing this version of the character. However, others also pointed out Keaton’s appearance in Batgirl, indicating Affleck would be back for a one-off appearance. Nevertheless, an enthusiastic fandom is already cheering on his return, as can be seen in the reactions below.
Insiders like Grace Randolph had earlier claimed Keaton’s Dark Knight was replaced with Affleck due to Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom arriving sooner than The Flash. Moreover, it was also claimed by the same insider that Batfleck’s appearance in the speedster flick, which was originally rumored to kill off/erase his version of the timeline – was changed to leave room for a future possibility of return.
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— Matías Lértora (@mlertora) July 29, 2022
The hierarchy of power in DCEU is about to peak w/ BEN AFFLECK! pic.twitter.com/7qbJAxBQaD
— ⟨ᴄᴏᴅʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀᴛғʟᴇᴄᴋ⟩ (@ThatBatNerd) July 29, 2022
I thought ‘The Flash’ was supposed to be Ben Affleck’s final outing as Batman so seeing him come back for Aquaman 2 is pretty weird if Keaton is going to replace him in the DCEU.
— Matt Ramos (@therealsupes) July 28, 2022
Jason Momoa shared a video of him and Ben Affleck Getting caught by the fans
Supposedly they were walking out of the trailer and at the same moment the tour bus reached them, which was filled with fans.
You can see the initials of Ben Affleck (B.A) on the trailer pic.twitter.com/KTjCNOukZC
— Master Wayne (@BruceWayne799) July 28, 2022
Between ZS coming back for a TTG appearance, Alan Horn returning, Shazam 2 using footage of ZSJL and now Ben Affleck returning for another film, what do you think that means for the DCEU?
I don't think it means a RTSV approach but they do seem to be keeping that foundation
— Will (@captaintrainor) July 28, 2022
Is Ben Affleck in Batgirl? If not then this whole ordeal is quite embarrassing for both sides. Dont let WB get yall again. pic.twitter.com/OReZhKRNaL
— ♨️michael♨️ (@psychee03) July 29, 2022
That's awesome!! Now just bring back #HenryCavill as #Superman they all need too remember that #HenryCavillSuperman 💙❤️💙#RestoreTheSnyderVerse𓃵 #Batman 🖤🦇🖤🦇#BenAffleck #Aquaman 💚🧡💚#JasonMomoa pic.twitter.com/HnqmZcfzAH
— Henry Cavill Fan Acct (@AcctHenry) July 29, 2022
Ben Affleck looks incredible. He looks so handsome & happy, but most importantly, he looks healthy.
I am so glad we get to see that phenomenal wig back & we get to see him play the character once again.
I just wish he was the DCEU’s Batman instead of Michael Keaton. https://t.co/iZ0XvBv32l
— Jesabel (@JesabelRaay) July 29, 2022
— Mr. J (@DCEU_RTSV) July 29, 2022
Ben Affleck’s Batman will officially be in AQUAMAN 2!
Reminder that the Justice League we’re going to cameo in AQUAMAN 1 helping Arthur hold back Ocean Master’s army from the surface. pic.twitter.com/drM421xzQv
— Walt (@Uber_Kryptonian) July 28, 2022
Y’all SWORE Ben Affleck was done and he would never come back because he hated being Batman and this is his like third or fourth time coming back after he said he was done being Batman 😭😭😭
— 𝗠𝗘𝗥𝗖Ʊ𝗥𝗬 (@theeSNYDERVERSE) July 28, 2022
Ben Affleck every couple of years: 😏 pic.twitter.com/ihDwwDtSfI
— Hernandy (@Pollos_Hernandy) July 28, 2022
— Batlad bot (@foxpiss69) July 28, 2022
The best Batman is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m screaming @BenAffleck WE FREAKING LOVE YOU
— Lis.Wonder 🇨🇺 (@LisWonder1) July 29, 2022
I have no inside knowledge but I suspect Ben Affleck changed his mind after getting a couple years off post-JUSTICE LEAGUE and then seeing the outpouring of love when he returned for the Snyder Cut. There's way less pressure on him now.
— ViewerAnon (@ViewerAnon) July 29, 2022
Ben affleck got married to JLo and said “yeah ok I’ll be Batman again”
We are all the luckiest.
— James Viscardi (@JimViscardi) July 29, 2022
Ben Affleck’s Batman means hype and the difference is huge pic.twitter.com/JZfOkHxFAF
— 𝗚𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵 (@Itssan17) July 29, 2022
"Ben Affleck is coming back as Batman!" pic.twitter.com/SijWTVzZUZ
— ☕Stephen M. Colbert (@smcolbert) July 29, 2022
WE’RE GETTING BEN AFFLECK BACK AS BATMAN 2 MORE TIMES pic.twitter.com/fx26F6ggcp
— Luke (@qLxke_) July 28, 2022
RETWEET this if you want Ben Affleck to get a stand-alone Batman movie! pic.twitter.com/e5b2fKLpio
— BLURAYANGEL 🦇 (@blurayangel) July 29, 2022
Referencia a Black Adam en Peacemaker. Amanda Waller y Emilia Harcourt en Black Adam, Superman sale en Black Adan. Gal Gadot en Shazam 2, Ben Affleck en Aquaman 2, Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, Gal Gadot, Zod, Faora, el general Swanwick en The Flash.
DC hater: DC murio. 🤡
— DC Unlimited (@DCEUMX) July 29, 2022
BEN AFFLECK RETURNING AS BRUCE WAYNE FOR AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM IS THE BEST NEWS EVER pic.twitter.com/bpgXUGoAO5
— sabrina 🦇 (@nightwaynes) July 28, 2022
Ben Affleck being back as Batman once again proves he loves the role. The news is awesome about Aquaman 2, but an announcement with Ray Fisher reprising his role as Cyborg in The Flash would be even bigger to me. #RestoreTheSnyderVerse
— Ω Ryan Ω #RebelMoon Era (@Snyder_Cut_240) July 28, 2022
Looks like Ben Affleck is back as Bruce Wayne in #Aquaman2!
“Well, we tried to keep it a secret!” Momoa said in a video on his Instagram, before flashing a trailer labeled ‘B.A.’ w/ the sequel’s working title above it, indicating this is not old footage. pic.twitter.com/6gBvB2ZLlB
— Liam (@LiamTCrowley) July 28, 2022
Affleck’s Batman in Aquaman 2 also casts more doubt on the Andy Muschietti-directed The Flash movie’s narrative introducing Keaton as the main Bruce Wayne of DC Extended Universe. Ever since Ezra Miller’s controversy, WBD has struggled to put the 2023 DC film on the front and center of its upcoming roster of releases. It will be interesting to see the next few courses of action from WB execs, in fact – a recent report that veteran Alan Horn, former Disney chairman has joined as a consultant has only assured DCEU fans that the franchise could be in safer hands.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom arrives on March 17, 2023.
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