Ben Affleck Insists He's Still Playing Batman Despite Rumors
Posted 2017/07/22 1663 0
Ben Affleck confirms he won’t be hanging up Batman’s cape and cowl anytime soon.
He'd been due to star in and direct another standalone film, The Batman, but pulled out of directing duties in January. After Affleck's script was also ditched by incoming director Matt Reeves, it looked like he was going to jump ship. On Friday, the Hollywood Reporter said Warner Bros was working on plans to “usher out Affleck’s Batman gracefully” and suggested that it might happen before The Batman is made. The report threatened to overshadow Warner’s flashy Hall H presentation on Saturday, which was focused on hyping the studio’s big superhero mashup film Justice League, which will be released in November.
However, speaking to a crowd of about 6,500 fans at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, Affleck unequivocally assured the crowd that he will still star in The Batman.
"Let me be very clear," Affleck said, "I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest part in the universe. I'm so thrilled to do it. It's fucking amazing."
He said that after two film appearances as Batman, he still can't believe he gets to play the part and underlined that he has talked to Warners' heads Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll and Toby Emmerich about the role.
"'We want you to be the Batman' they told me, and I believe them," he said.
Regarding War for the Planet of the Apes director Reeves taking over his directing role and starting afresh with scripting, Affleck said: "I would be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves, never mind Batman.
Later in the presentation, he reiterated that he loves "being in Hall H and being able to say 'I'm Batman.'"
He also blames some of the reports on his decision to step down from directorial duties on The Batman, which occurred in January of this year. “It’s such a big job, in terms of the stunts and the suit and the action and the character. Trying to do that, and direct, would probably be too much. Something would be compromised. I think it came off, optically, to the broader world, like lack of interest or enthusiasm. When in fact I love this character.”
Warner Bros. film studio chief Toby Emmerich previously debunked the report that Affleck was being pushed out, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can."