Ben Affleck has shot down rumours started by The Hollywood Reporter that he is quitting the Batman after his upcoming role in Justice League.
On Friday, THR announced that unnamed sources reported that Warner Bros. was “working on plans to usher out Affleck’s Batman” after the upcoming Justice League film. It seems those rumours were completely false.
“Let me be very clear: I am the luckiest guy in the world,” Affleck told the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. “Batman is the coolest part in any universe — DC, Marvel. It’s incredible. … I’m so thrilled to do it.”
Affleck also addressed reports that Warner Bros was working on plans to “usher out” his Batman gracefully. “I still can’t believe that after two films [Warner Bros bosses] Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll and Toby Emmerich have said, ‘We want you to be our Batman’ – and I believe them.”
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“I know there was a misconception that because I didn’t direct it that I wasn’t enthusiastic about it. [But] it’s f***ing amazing,” he said. “And I still can’t believe I’ve done two films and have this great history with this studio.”
In the last few months, Affleck has been bombarded with requests and questions regarding the upcoming Batman solo film, provisionally titled The Batman. Affleck stepped down as director of the film in January citing the focus required to play the superhero. Matt Reeves, director of “War for the Planet of the Apes,” was later announced as his replacement. Again, it seems like Affleck has nothing but love and support for Reeves.
“I would be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves — nevermind being Batman,” Affleck told the crowd. “So I’m really blown away and excited, and it’s a great time in the DC Universe.”
Affleck will don the cape and cowl in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which opens in November. He shared the Hall H stage at Comic-Con with co-stars Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg).