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Keaton’s Batman Appears In Aquaman 2 (But Could Be Replaced By Affleck)

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Michael Keaton reportedly filmed a scene for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, but may be replaced by Ben Affleck’s Batman instead due to fan confusion.

A new report says Michael Keaton filmed a scene as Batman in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, but it may be replaced with Ben Affleck’s Batman instead. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is directed by James Wan, who also helmed the $1 billion-earning first Aquaman film. The sequel once again stars Jason Momoa in the titular role. Keaton originally starred in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989 and the 1992 sequel, Batman Returns, before retiring from the role. It was announced in 2020 that the actor would be reprising the role for both The Flash and Batgirl solo films, which Keaton has already filmed.

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The current shake-ups with WB Discovery’s film and TV slate has put Keaton’s return in question. Batgirl was cancelled on Tuesday, being permanently shelved while in post-production. The Flash has an equally uncertain future, as star Ezra Miller has continually made news headlines with their legal woes, drawing unwanted attention to the $200 million superhero film. Affleck played the role of Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League films, as well as appearing in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, before reportedly stepping away from the role. However, the actor is set to reappear in The Flash and was recently revealed to have a role in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom as well, showing that he’s far from done with the character.


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Keaton’s scene for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom apparently confused test screening audiences for the film (per THR), which was originally supposed to open before The Flash. Director Andy Muschietti’s The Flash is set to unveil the multiverse in the DCEU, which would allow both Keaton and Affleck’s Batman characters to appear in the same film while explaining the reappearance of Keaton’s Batman. However, seeing as the original plan was for The Flash to open first, Keaton appearing in Aquaman 2‘s universe didn’t make sense. Now it seems likely that Affleck is replacing him.




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No explanation or official confirmation has been given regarding Affleck’s appearance in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom as of yet, so it’s impossible to know how that role affects the overall film, which wrapped principal photography in January 2022. Word has also gotten out that both Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Aquaman 2 are subject to yet another release date shuffle, while Todd Phillips’ Joker sequel, Joker: Folie a Deux, just announced an October 2024 release date. The only other theatrical DCEU film on the books outside of The Flash and the Shazam! and Aquaman sequels that could face some kind of date shift is Blue Beetle starring Cobra Kai‘s Xolo Maridueña, which is currently set to debut on August 18, 2023. No word on that film’s fate has been mentioned as of yet.


The fuse that’s been lit at Warner Bros. Discovery after the Batgirl cancellation is still reaching its end, and the explosion of repercussions in the ever-shifting business strategy has yet to be fully revealed. Keaton seems to be getting the short end on these changes, however, in what was once thought of as a major return for his iteration as Batman. It’s entirely possible that still may be the case, and that Affleck’s Batman being in Aquaman 2 was filmed to mitigate confusion before Keaton could take over in The Flash. While some may hope to see Affleck back in the role full time in lieu of Keaton, it’s still unclear exactly which Batman will shepherd the DCEU forward at this point. Likely, audiences won’t know until the release of both The Flash and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, or until some kind of official announcement that clarifies who the DCEU’s Batman will be arrives.


Next: Where Does Batgirl’s Cancellation Leave Ben Affleck’s Batman

Source: THR

  • Black Adam (2022)Release date: Oct 21, 2022
  • Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2022)Release date: Dec 21, 2022
  • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023)Release date: Mar 17, 2023
  • The Flash (2023)Release date: Jun 23, 2023
  • Blue Beetle (2023)Release date: Aug 18, 2023


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WB Had To Be Convinced To Bring Back Henry Cavill’s Superman

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Dwayne Johnson reveals that executives at Warner Bros. had to be convinced to allow Henry Cavill’s Superman to return to the DCU in Black Adam.


The return of Henry Cavill’s Superman in Black Adam was a welcome surprise for many fans, but star Dwayne Johnson reveals that Warner Bros. needed some convincing in order to make it happen. Cavill first played Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel, a movie that earned middling reviews from critics but was generally a big hit with audiences. After appearing in the divisive Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the maligned Justice League (and its more positively-received Zack Snyder director’s cut), it looked like Cavill’s time as the DCU hero may have been at an end. However, rumors swirled before the release of Black Adam that Cavill would return as Superman and the actor finally made his triumphant return during the movie’s post-credits scene.

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In a new video posted to his Twitter account, Dwayne Johnson celebrates Black Adam‘s digital release and touches on how he and his producing partners orchestrated Cavill’s return as Superman. Johnson reveals that it took years to convince Warner Bros. leadership to allow Cavill to return and that it was never an option for him to build out the DCU without Superman. Check out Johnson’s full comment below:

“We have to bring back the most powerful, unstoppable force of all time in any universe. You guys know who I’m talking about, it’s Superman. That’s Henry Cavill. At the end of the day, the studio wasn’t bringing Henry back, inexplicably and inexcusably, but we weren’t going to take no for an answer. This has been years in the making, bringing Henry Cavill back with strategic conversations and we were not going to take no for an answer. For us, there’s no viable logical way to build out the DC Universe without the most powerful force and the greatest superhero of all time sitting on the sidelines, it’s impossible to do. You can Venn diagram this thing 90 times but it all comes back to, ‘Where’s Superman?’ You have to have Superman in the mix, so that’s why we fought hard to bring Superman back.”

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How Dwayne Johnson Convinced WB To Bring Back Henry Cavill As Superman

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel.

Although there were likely many meetings with Warner Bros.’ executives behind closed doors, Johnson has been publicly teasing a confrontation for years between Black Adam and Superman. The actor’s continued references to the character and discussions about an epic battle between his hero and Cavill’s generated conversation online and spurred many fans to theorize as to who would win in a fight. Johnson’s comments, of course, came at a time when there was already a great deal of fan demand for Cavill to return as Superman in Man of Steel 2 or some other project that continued the Snyderverse. While the movies that Cavill appears in as Superman aren’t always received well, audiences undeniably love the actor’s unique take on the character.

Johnson is already one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, which means he will generally have more power over studio executives, but the actor’s engagement of Cavill’s Superman fan base is sure to only have added to the pressure Warner Bros.’ leadership was feeling. It’s likely that, even without Johnson, Warner Bros. was planning on how to use Superman in future projects but, given Cavill’s connection to the Zack Snyder’s Justice League debacle, the hero probably would have been played by a new actor had Johnson not gotten involved. If the studio had put another Superman project into the works and Clark Kent was played by someone other than Cavill, however, it’s likely that there would’ve been a sizable backlash online.

Johnson has gone on record saying that Cavill’s take on Superman is his favorite, meaning there was never any doubt that he would fight for the actor’s return in some capacity. It’s unclear exactly how Johnson negotiated Cavill’s return outside the public eye, but the conversation likely came down to money at some point, with Cavill’s take on Superman simply being the option that is most likely to bring in more money at the box office. It remains to be seen how Cavill’s Superman will feature in James Gunn’s plans for the DCU after Black Adam, but Johnson evidently played a big role in orchestrating the actor’s return.

Source: Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock)/ Twitter

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Will Smith Responds To Potential Oscar Slap Backlash to Upcoming Movie

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Will Smith addresses how his infamous Oscars moment might affect the popularity of his upcoming movie Emancipation. Smith suffered a major career blow in the wake of the incident at this year’s Oscars. During the same ceremony when he received his first Best Actor award, the veteran performer instead found backlash after he responded to one of Chris Rock’s jokes by taking the stage and slapping the comedian. The aftermath saw multiple Smith projects postponed and numerous Hollywood peers voicing their anger.

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The ire has mostly died down in the eight months since the notorious slap. Smith’s first post-slap release, Emancipation, is set to debut this December. The film is a historical thriller that follows Smith’s character as he evades slave hunters in the swamps of Louisiana, venturing north for freedom. Emancipation is directed by Antoine Fuqua, and is the type of film that would likely garner considerable Oscar buzz if not the slap controversy. While speaking with journalist Kevin McCarthy (via Variety), Smith opened up about the possibility of backlash reemerging ahead of Emancipation‘s release. His full quote can be read below:

“I completely understand — if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready. My deepest concern is my team – Antoine has done what I think is the greatest work of his entire career. The people on this team have done some of the best work of their entire careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize my team. At this point, that’s what I’m working for. I’m hoping that the material — the power of the film, the timeliness of the story — I’m hoping that the good that can be done would open people’s hearts at a minimum to see and recognize and support the incredible artists in and around this film.”

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Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock at Oscars

Hours into the Oscars ceremony, while presenting the award for Best Documentary, Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Smith, Pinkett Smith’s husband, first appeared to take no exception to the joke, chuckling lightly. However, moments later the audience was stunned when Smith hopped up onstage and slapped Rock, shouting at Rock even as he returned to his seat. Not long after, Smith was awarded the Best Actor prize for King Richard, and apologized during his acceptance speech.

The slap quickly overshadowed the rest of the Oscars and was the main subject of discussion after the ceremony concluded, when it was revealed that Smith had slapped Rock because he was being protective of Pinkett Smith’s alopecia condition. In the weeks following the award show, Smith was chastised by many Hollywood peers, and the Academy reportedly mulled a suspension. In the end, Smith resigned from the Academy and has been banned from the Oscars for ten years. The controversy has since died down, allowing Smith to quietly pursue upcoming projects, Emancipation being the first and foremost among them.

How Will Audiences React To Emancipation?

Will Smith in Emancipation movie

The infamous slap was something of a litmus test, dividing fans into anti-Smith and sympathetic camps. With Emancipation‘s forthcoming release, moviegoers will be given an opportunity to ruminate once again on the idea of Smith continuing his career. On one side, the lack of any real repercussions for the slap might leave a portion of Emancipation‘s audience resentful of the film. However, there is likely an equally large set of fans who are ready to move on. Smith has been a Hollywood mainstay for decades, and his disappearance from cinema entirely would undoubtedly constitute a loss. Emancipation, then, can be used as an experiment. If the movie is a success, then perhaps Smith can return to the public eye with ease. However, a chillier response might indicate Smith has more work to do. Nevertheless, all eyes will be on Emancipation upon its release in December.

Source: Kevin McCarthy (via Variety)

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The Best Cyber Monday Deals: 29% off Funko POP! Marvel Hulk

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Get a great deal on your favorite Funko figure this Cyber Monday


Cyber Monday is finally upon us and if you missed out on all the great deals during Black Friday, fear not, as there are still plenty of money-saving bargains to be had online on your favorite products. If you or someone you know is obsessed with the Marvel Multiverse or is a collector of Funko POP! figures then we have the best Cyber Monday deal for you. Amazon are currently offering some huge savings on popular models just in time for the holiday season. Whether you’re looking to buy for someone else, or perhaps if this is a gift from yourself to yourself, there are plenty of Cyber Monday deals for figurine collectors out there. Now is a great chance to bolster your collection, add a figure that you’ve always had your eye on and save a little bit of money whilst you’re at it. Let’s not hang around and have a look at this brilliant Funko POP! figure.

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Amazon is offering a generous saving this Cyber Monday on this Funko POP! Marvel Super Heroes: The Immortal Hulk figure. Standing in at 6” tall, this miniature hulk flickers with translucent gamma radiation effects as he stands with the world in his hands, earth’s future is looking rather precarious as there is an evil glow in the figure’s eyes. As we’ve come to expect from Funko POP! figures, the box has a displayable window which means you will not have to remove the figure from its box if you would prefer to keep it in pristine collectors condition. There is some extra excitement when purchasing this figure as there is around a 1 in 6 chance that you may end up with a chase variant, this is particularly exciting as this variant is much rarer and also glows in the dark. Fancy your chances? If this Immortal Hulk figure is up your street then now is the time to buy since you can bag a saving of 29% from its original price.

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