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Robert Pattinson, Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton to all play Batman in 2022


Michael Keaton will reprise his role as Batman for the first time in 30 years (Picture: Channel 5/Rex)

Robert Pattinson, Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton are set to make DC Films history as they prepare to all play Batman in one year. 

Pattinson, 34, Affleck, 48 and Keaton, 69 will all transform into the Caped Crusader, aka Bruce Wayne, in 2022. 

Keaton will reprise his role in Andy Muschietti’s The Flash which is set for release in the UK on November 4, 2022. The Hollywood star famously played Batman in the 1989 original and Batman Returns in 1992. 

Joining him in The Flash will be Affleck, who has played the superhero three times with appearances in Suicide Squad, Justice League and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

Of course, Pattinson is currently filming his debut as the caped one in The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves and expected to arrive on March, 4 2022. 

DC Films president Walter Hamada explained how it will all tie together last week and confirmed the two different universes – Keaton and Affleck’s versions of Batman will co-exist in Earth 1 while Pattinson will remain in Earth 2. 

Hamada told The New York Times: ‘I don’t think anyone else has ever attempted (the multiverse concept on screen). 

Robert Pattinson is still filming The Batman (Picture: PA)
Ben Affleck will play Batman for the fourth time (Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures)

‘But audiences are sophisticated enough to understand it. If we make good movies, they will go with it.’ 

In the interview, Hamada suggested Keaton would be appearing in his own Batman franchise outside of the multiverse. 

However, he then backtracked and tweeted: ‘I was referring to the *one film* that Keaton has been announced as being in, not a set of his own Batman films. If I had info on him beyond The Flash, I would have obviously put it in my article.’ 

Affleck announced he would be stepping down from playing Batman in 2017 after his three turns as the superhero. 

Explaining his decision, the actor said earlier this year: ‘I had my fill of that. They said, “Would you like to direct and star in a solo Batman movie?” 

‘I found that, at some point, I had lost my enthusiasm or passion for it. And I thought this should really be made by someone for whom it’s their wildest dream come true. It was clear to me it was time to move on.’ 

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