Report: Michael Keaton filmed a scene for ‘Aquaman 2’

Last week, Jason Momoa revealed in an Instagram post that Ben Affleck has Batman would appear in the future Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The news came as a surprise, especially since Affleck had publicly stated that he was done with “IP movies” and because it appeared that two different men had already replaced him as Batman: Robert Pattinson, who starred in this spring’s Batmanand Michael Keatonwho played the Dark Knight in the late 1980s and early 1990s and is slated to return in the upcoming film of The lightning.

Now that sounds like the story of Affleck’s comeback Aquaman may be more complicated than it first appears. ONE The Hollywood Reporter article predominantly about the also surprising decision to shelve Warner Bros.’ Batgirl film, which was already deep in production and would have starred Michael Keaton’s Batman, reveals that Keaton had also filmed one more scene Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

But THR piece claims that test audiences found this scene “confusing as it was unclear why Keaton’s Batman was in this universe.” That’s probably because the movie that reintroduces Keaton’s character is The lightningwhich was originally scheduled to open sooner Aquaman and the Lost Kingdombut now premieres next autumn while Aquaman will be published next spring. Without The lightninga Keaton appearance in Aquaman would need a lot of explanation. (THR says that Keaton was originally planned as the DC Universe’s equivalent of Nick Fury, “an elder statesman who could appear in multiple films and offer guidance.”

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The article then speculates that the fact that Affleck filmed a scene as Batman for Aquaman 2 suggesting that “Keaton had been replaced with Affleck’s version of the character.” So while this has not been confirmed, it also looks like we’ve reached a point where Keaton’s performance as Batman in thaw movie – Batgirl and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom – maybe just disappear into some Warner Bros. vault somewhere. (And what does that mean for The lightning? Why would Warner Bros. get rid of all these Keaton Batman appearances if they still have his big return coming in about a year?)

Between Batgirl and Aquamanall these reports point to some huge shakeups coming up DC movie universe in the near future. In addition to Aquaman 2 and The lightning, Warner Bros. currently have Black Adam with Dwayne Johnson scheduled for fall, and Shazam 2 due in December. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is 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 coming out as advertised.

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