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Michael Keaton Is Officially Replacing Ben Affleck As Batman In The DCEU

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“The Flash,” a film set for release in theaters in 2022, will link the two universes and feature two Batmans, with Mr. Affleck returning as one and Michael Keaton returning as the other. Mr. Keaton played Batman in 1989 and 1992.

Outside of The Dark Knight and animated renditions, Keaton's Batman movies were definitely the best. He may have had a bit of a downturn in his career during the late 90's and 2000's, but he is also still peaking in what we here at LCB are calling "The Keaton-iassance". His last decade of work has been by far his best, not only with the critical artsy roles like 'Birdman', but also with hysterical roles like Captain Gene in 'The Other Guys'.

It's an awesome throwback getting him back into the role, although I'm not sure how the action will work functionally. He was incredible and menacing recently in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' as Vulture, though, so I think we can use that as a barometer. 

By the way, I don't want to so quickly dismiss Affleck's performance either. SvB and Justice League may have been duds, but I don't think the problems with either movie had anything to do with his individual work. Plus, Affleck is doing just fine. He was in one of the best movies of this last year in 'The Way Back' and he is also dating the most attractive woman in the world. I got a feeling that this will alllll work out.