It appeared as if Ben Affleck’s days as Batman were numbered, but the actor/director set those rumours to rest during a Saturday appearance at Comic-Con, refuting reports he would be exiting the DC film franchise.
On Friday, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Affleck’s time donning the cape would be coming to an end sooner rather than later, with the studio planning a graceful exit for the star in an upcoming DC Extended Universe film.
“Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can,” says WB studio chief Toby Emmerich, and Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming “The Batman”, has also said he plans to have Affleck in the lead role, but THR‘s source tells them that is unlikely.
THR speculated on various reasons for the departure, including the fact that Affleck might simply be too old for the part, noting that he would be close to 50 by the time “The Batman” is released.
Meanwhile, Collider points out that Affleck’s role in the DC comics series may be written out by the end of the November release of “Justice League”, which is currently undergoing extensive reshoots under the direction of Joss Whedon, who stepped in after original director Zac Snyder left the production for personal reasons.
However, Affleck appeared at Comic-Con on Saturday alongside his “Justice League” co-stars and denied THR‘s report.
“Let me be very clear,” Affleck declared. “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 f**king amazing.”
In fact, Affleck pointed out that he spoke to Warner Bros. 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,” said Affleck.
Affleck was announced as the new Batman in 2013, with his first appearance in the role in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. He has since made an appearance in last year’s “Suicide Squad”, and will be seen in “Justice League”, to be released November 17.