The next film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will include Ben Affleck in costume as Batman. Star Jason Momoa posted images of himself and Affleck on set, confirming the actor’s participation in the sequel.
On Thursday, fans on a Warner Bros. bus tour supposedly learned that Affleck was on set with Momoa, prompting the actor to post the news on Instagram.
In the past, Affleck has been upfront about the personal and professional struggles that led to his decision to quit as Batman in 2019. Affleck’s return to the role of Batman was a big surprise two years ago when he was announced to be appearing in The Flash, starring Ezra Miller, and set for release on June 23, 2023. The film also stars Michael Keaton as Batman.
It had been speculated that would be Affleck’s last time playing the part, but with the release of The Lost Kingdom scheduled for March 17, 2023, he may be back sooner than expected.
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Affleck has portrayed Batman in three films (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League). In the beginning, he was supposed to direct and star in The Batman, but he eventually dropped out. After that, the actor can be seen making his way to Affleck’s trailer, which bears the cryptic initials “B.A.”
Affleck said earlier this year that his “favorite scenes” as Batman can be found in DC’s The Flash, making it the show where he will make his final appearance in the role.
On June 23 of 2023, The Flash will finally hit theatres.
The sequel to James Wan’s Aquaman, released in 2018, is titled Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom. Starring alongside Momoa are returning cast members Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, and Nicole Kidman.
After making his debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, Affleck reprised the role of Bruce Wayne in The Suicide Squad and Justice League.
In the year 2020, Affleck revealed to The New York Times that he had shown the Batman script to someone. Someone remarked, “I like the script. If you go through what you just went through again, I think you’ll drink yourself to death.
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Robert Pattinson was cast as Batman, and Matt Reeves directed the final film. Meanwhile, James Wan directed Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.