‘Aquaman 2’ Release Delay Raises Questions About Batman Casting

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom‘s delayed launch date has followers questioning which actor is perhaps making a rumored look as Batman.

Scenes that includes Michael Keaton returning to the function had been filmed however later changed with a efficiency by Ben Affleck as a consequence of continuity points tied to the Aquaman sequel. The movie’s unique launch was deliberate to occur months earlier than Keaton is about to reprise the function in June 2023’s The Flash, in line with The Hollywood Reporter.

However, Warner Bros. introduced on Wednesday that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was being moved to December 2023, prompting some to query whether or not Keaton’s rumored efficiency can be restored within the movie. Keaton had additionally been anticipated to look as Batman within the deliberate HBO Max spinoff Batgirl this 12 months, earlier than the movie was abruptly shelved regardless of being accomplished.

“Wait, so they reportedly replaced Keaton’s Batman scene(s) in this w/ Batfleck because its release was moved to before #TheFlash comes out & it wouldn’t make sense to have Keaton before then,” Twitter person @MattBCTucker wrote in response to information of the Aquaman sequel’s delay. “Now, it’s moving back to after The Flash. Are they going to use Keaton again? #Aquaman2.”

“Now that Aquaman 2 got delayed, it’s coming out after The Flash so why would we still see Ben Affleck in Aquaman 2 if Keaton is supposed to replace him after The Flash?!?” tweeted journalist Matt Ramos.

“I wonder now that Aquaman is coming out AFTER the FLASH,” author Timothy Dowling tweeted. “They will make Michael Keaton Batman again in it instead of Affleck. It didn’t make much sense if it was coming out before because you haven’t set him up yet.”

“More DC delays,” tweeted movie critic Zaki Hasan. “Now that #Aquaman is again scheduled after #TheFlash, does this mean they’ll switch it back to Keaton-as-Bruce?”

Some speculated that the delay within the movie’s launch could possibly be associated to star Amber Heard shedding a defamation lawsuit from ex-husband Johnny Depp earlier this 12 months, with tens of millions having signed on-line petitions asking for Heard to be faraway from the movie.

“Warner Bros pushed Aquaman 2 back 8 months… Finally replacing Amber Heard, are we?” person @amicacream tweeted.

“Aquaman 2 delayed 9 months to December 2023 because it needs ‘more time in post,'” tweeted Morgan Tremaine, who testified throughout the trial between Depp and Heard. “Could be editing and special effects… could be digitally swapping Johnny’s face over Mera. Who knows.”

“I have a feeling Amber Heard will be replaced now that Aquaman 2 has been delayed,” @chancelor_p tweeted.

Others speculated that the delay could possibly be unhealthy information for Keaton followers because of the chance that every one three of his latest performances as Batman may stay unseen.

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Ben Affleck, left, strolling in New York City on September 26, 2021; Michael Keaton, proper, throughout an awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, on August 14, 2022. Fans speculated on Wednesday which actor could also be making a rumored look as Batman in ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ after the movie’s launch date was delayed.
Left: Gotham/GC Images, Right: Kevin Winter/Getty

While Warner Bros. has not indicated any plans to cancel the discharge of The Flash, latest controversies involving star Ezra Miller have led many to query if the movie will transfer ahead as scheduled.

“Michael Keaton filmed scenes for three different DC projects as Batman and it’s possible we’ll never see any of it,” movie critic Stephen Libbey tweeted.

“We will never see a single frame of Michael Keaton back as Batman,” tweeted @danburden1138.

Newsweek reached out to Warner Bros. for remark.

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