Ben Affleck has hit back against recent rumors and said his Batman isn't leaving the DCEU anytime soon. The actor has been put through the ringer from the moment the casting was announced ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Rumblings he was going to leave began earlier this year when he stepped down as director of The Batman. He was replaced by Matt Reeves, who Affleck praised, and likewise the new director said the actor wasn't going anywhere.
That didn't stop questions Affleck may be doing more than leaving the director's chair. These re-emerged the day before the DCEU took to Hall H in SDCC, with unnamed sources suggested Warner Bros. planned to phase Batman out.
However, during his appearance at the Warner Bros. panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, Affleck minced no words in addressing the rumors of his stepping away from the role of Batman. You can read his statement below and see him deliver them with passion in the subsequent tweet.
"I'm the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the f---ing coolest. It's amazing. I know there was speculation and rumors about me not directing. I would be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves. I'm really blown away and excited, and it's a great time for the [DCEU]."
— JoBlo.com @ #SDCC (@joblocom) July 22, 2017
With the release of the latest Justice League trailer, it definitely feels like Ben Affleck has already come too far to back out of the DCEU now. Two ensemble films before his own solo feature and its subsequent sequels certainly make it look like he's in for the long haul. Playing up to the crowd, he added, "How many people get to come to Hall H and say: 'I'm Batman.'?"
The Batman rumor mill has been churning endlessly lately (including 4 Gotham films being released in one year), but a recent Comic-Con announcement did confirm several films that had already been listed as in development. Fans can expect Suicide Squad 2, Shazam, Justice League Dark, Flashpoint, Wonder Woman 2, Green Lantern Corps, and Batgirl to be added to the release slate in the very near future.
While Affleck has emphatically denied he's leaving the role, that doesn't rule out the possibility of an exit being written into the films that have yet to be released. Killing off Batman seems like a major stretch, but in the realm of comics, death is never permanent. That said, the reaction from inside the panel seems to be that Affleck is sincere in his love for the role and won't be leaving anytime soon.
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- The Batman (2021) release date: Jun 25, 2021