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Ben Affleck addresses The Batman recasting rumors at SDCC

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Lucas Siegel
Jul 22, 2017

Ben Affleck has no plans to stop playing Batman anytime soon. Addressing recent rumors and reports that the character would be recast sooner rather than later — possibly even before The Batman, now under director Matt Reeves, would shoot — Affleck had some colorful words for the crowd in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con.

"I am the luckiest guy in the world," Affleck told the crowd when he took the stage with his fellow Justice League castmembers. "Batman is the coolest f***ing part in any universe, Marvel, DC."

He also specifically said he's excited to work with Reeves, and that he's "100% on board" with him and his vision for The Batman.

"I would be a f***ing ape on the ground for Matt Reeves," Affleck said, nodding to Reeves' work on the last two Planet of the Apes movies. The actor listed off DC and WB execs who told him they want him to be their Batman and said, "I believe them."

Rumors of Ben Affleck being unhappy in the role of Batman started this past winter, when he stepped down as director of The Batman, a movie at one point he was co-writing, directing, and starring in. At the time, he said he was stepping away from directing so he could "give his all" to his performance. Apparently, that's still how he feels.

Matt Reeves is currently in the process of gathering a writing team - rumored to include his Apes collaborator, to start The Batman from scratch, but it appears Affleck will be along for the ride.