In the video posted on his Instagram, Momoa says, “It's not a f—ing secret anymore, is it? That's what happens, Warner Brothers, when you walk out of your set and there's our fans [back stage].”
This is not a drill! Batman is coming back to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) in Aquaman 2. While Ben Affleck was set to appear in The Flash, Jason Momoa confirmed he would also be there in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The news comes after the duo was “busted” by tourists who were visiting the Warner Brothers Studio backlot, reported PEOPLE.
In the video posted on his Instagram, Momoa accepts defeat, saying, “It's not a f—ing secret anymore, is it? That's what happens, Warner Brothers, when you walk out of your set and there's our fans [back stage].” The video goes on to show a trailer with "B.A" written outside. Momoa enters the trailer and we get a quick glimpse of Affleck before the Aquaman star rushes out again, laughing heartily all along.
After Affleck recently noted that he would not be stepping back into the role, this news definitely comes as a surprise. In The Flash, Affleck will get an opportunity to put a full stop to the character as he desired. Michael Keaton is also set to appear in the Aquaman sequel as the Dark Knight. He will be donning the cape and the cowl for the first time after 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns.
Ben Affleck Returning for ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ https://t.co/AJUhKZMNhb— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 29, 2022
Affleck didn’t enjoy the experience of Justice League at all. “That was a bad experience," the actor explained, adding, “because of a confluence of things: my own life, my divorce, being away too much, the competing agendas, and then [director] Zack [Snyder]’s personal tragedy and the reshooting.” He was even set to direct and star in the Warner Brothers’ standalone film The Batman, before stepping back from it. “It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film.”
Ben Affleck will return as Batman in ‘AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM’. pic.twitter.com/iATGUY6xbu— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) July 28, 2022
While there seems to be a lot of tension between Affleck and the studio, especially with the character, the recent collaboration with director James Wan of Aquaman 2 seems to be going smoothly. At least, Momoa is incredibly excited to have Bruce Wayne in their midst. “REUNITED bruce and arthur. love u and miss u Ben WB studio tours just explored the backlot alright. busted on set all great things coming AQUAMAN 2 all my aloha j,” Momoa wrote in the caption of the video. The brimming bromance is what make the duo exciting to witness in the first place.
Hopefully, this appearance might mean that Affleck is here to stay and the continuity in the Snyderverse is not going to waste. While The Flash theories speculate that the baton may be passed to Keaton, it would still be extremely exciting to see Affleck's Batman have more screen-time in the DCEU. And with the hanging sword that is the Snyderverse restoration, there is no clue what storylines will be restored. Warner Brothers Discovery seems unclear about the franchise's long-term future, with reports indicating that they are unsure about continuing a connected universe of continuity, or just focusing on standalone films.
The comic accuracy of the cinematic Aquaman suits pic.twitter.com/edr9Lujg8z— DC Daily (@DCU_CORE) July 28, 2022
Still, DCEU fans should keep their eyes peeled because even if Affleck doesn’t make a comeback, the Arthur-Bruce banter could be sustainable. Audiences can check out Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom on March 17, 2023.