Ben Affleck swatted down newly reinvigorated rumors that he's planning a departure from The Batman and the DC Extended Universe, proclaiming this afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego, "Let me be very clear, I am the luckiest guy in the world, Batman is the coolest fucking part in any universe."
His comments during Warner Bros.' Hall H presentation followed a report on Friday that he and the studio are plotting a way to "gracefully" transition to another actor in the role of the Dark Knight.
"With Matt Reeves doing it, I would be an ape, never mind Batman," he told the audience, referring to the director's work on Fox's Planet of the Apes franchise. "I’m really blown away and excited. It’s a great time in the DC Universe.”
Friday's story, from The Hollywood Reporter, indicated that Warner Bros. was trying to determine a way, sooner rather than later, to explain the change from Affleck to another actor in a film, a move that would make his appearance in The Batman unlikely. Studio president Toby Emmerich disputed the notion, telling the website, "Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can."
Affleck was originally attached to direct, co-write and star in The Batman, but after months of reluctance to commit to a script, production start or even a title, he announced in late January that he'd no longer helm the film. He was swiftly succeeded behind the camera by Reeves, who's expected to bring in his War for the Planet of the Apes collaborator Mark Bomback to write a new script.
Affleck will next appear as Batman in Justice League, alongside Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. The film arrives Nov. 17.