A lot of rumors have been floating around when it comes to Ben Affleck and his role as Batman. A recent report from The Hollywood Reporter stated that there were sources reporting that Warner Bros. was looking to get him out of the role in a graceful way.
Taking the Hall H stage at San Diego Comic Con alongside the rest of his Justice League co-stars, Ben Affleck spoke out against that report, according to Variety.
“I am the luckiest guy in the world,” Affleck said. “Batman is the coolest f—ing part.”
Much of the rumors began to circulate after reports of delays with the script for the solo The Batman film and then they began to grow once Affleck announced that he would no longer be directing the film that he would also be starring in. War for the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves was chosen as the new person to helm the film.
“There’s a misconception that because I wasn’t directing it, I wasn’t enthusiastic about it,” said Affleck.
Recently it was revealed that Reeves is getting to completely scrap Affleck’s former script for the film and go his own direction. All those changes, as well as the bits of the report questioning his age, haven’t seemed to put the actor off from starring in the standalone film.
“I would be a f—ing ape on the ground for [director] Matt Reeves,” Affleck said.
In the long run it will be hard to know which account is accurate, until more is revealed about the upcoming movie or until the studio and actor make their intentions clear. While Affleck’s words could easily be framed to try and keep focus on Justice League, since that is what they are there to promote and it’s coming out soon, they very well could also be a truthful account that he is staying.
There have been various times that these types of reports come out about a film or an actor that are brushed off as false, but then turn out to be true. The first example that comes to mind was the deal between Marvel and Sony for Spider-Man that was revealed in leak emails but then denied by the companies at that point.
As we well know, not long afterwards they made the formal announcement that the deal had happened.
That’s not to say that Affleck is for sure on the way out, but it is still a possibility. Right now though we should take the actor at his word and leave it be until we know further information, or until even more reports of a recasting begin to appear.
Currently The Batman is in a nebulous space within the DC Extended Universe schedule as the script undergoes the Reeves led re-writes. Likely it will either find a space in 2019 or 2020.