Aquaman 2 will mark Ben Affleck’s fourth appearance within the DCEU as Batman (not counting Zack Snyder’s Justice League and his stand-in’s appearance in Peacemaker), and it’s also his first time in the canon story since the theatrical cut of Justice League turned into an unmitigated disaster. But now, with so many questions regarding where the DCEU is going after next summer, his appearance here will be that much more intriguing.
Rumors noted that Affleck’s Batman actually replaced Michael Keaton’s version of the Caped Crusader in this movie after test audiences found Keaton’s inclusion in the movie somewhat confusing. It’s still largely unknown if switching out one Batman for another will change the feel of the story in any way, but it should at least make things a little easier to follow with Affleck and Momoa back alongside each other.
Regardless of the story details, Momoa’s expression made it clear how much he loves working with Affleck within the DCEU as they get to join forces for the first time in what will have been two full years. With the promo tour for Aquaman 2 likely to start at the end of this year, more details about Affleck’s return should come to light, although Momoa’s enthusiasm will hopefully set the stage for something fans will enjoy.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will debut in theaters on March 17, 2023.