Ben Affleck refutes Batman rumors: 'I'm really blown away and excited'
Ben Affleck is still Batman.
The actor and director, who will reprise his role as the Caped Crusader in November’s Justice League and is slated to appear in the standalone film The Batman, told a packed crowd at Hall H inside the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday that he’s committed to the part.
“I just want to take one second to just absorb this, because it’s really, really great,” Affleck said before expressing his enthusiasm for Batman. “Let me be very clear. I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest f—ing part in any universe. DC. Marvel. I’m so thrilled to do it.”
Affleck was originally set to direct The Batman but rescinded those responsibilities earlier this year. War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves was hired as Affleck’s replacement. Reeves decided to set aside a script Affleck wrote for the film, opting instead to write an entirely new story.
Speaking Saturday, Affleck said any speculation that he wasn’t excited for the film because he left the director’s chair is false. The star also referenced a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter (though not by name) that claimed Affleck might be forced to pass the superhero’s cowl on to another actor for future projects.
“Kevin Tsujihara [Warner Bros. chair], Sue Kroll [Warner Bros. president of marketing and distribution], and Toby Emmerich [Warner Bros. studio chief] have said to me, ‘We want you to be our Batman.’ I believe them,” Affleck said Saturday.
As for Reeves, Affleck said he’s excited to work with the filmmaker. “I would be a f—ing ape on the ground for Matt Reeves, never mind being Batman. It’s incredible. I’m really blown away and excited. It’s a great time in the DC Universe. […] How many people in their life get to come to Hall H and say ‘I’m Batman?'”