Rumours have begin swirling about Ben Affleck’s future in the role of Batman in the DC cinematic universe, with a THR report suggesting that he was going to be phased out. When the Justice League took to the stage at Comic-Con, Affleck addressed those rumours head on.
Speaking to the crowd (via THR), Affleck said “Let me be very clear. I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest part in the universe. I’m so thrilled to do it. It’s fucking amazing.” He continued: “I would be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves!”
After the panel, Affleck spoke to EW and clarified that “My status remains what it always is. I’ve done the two movies. I’ve always intended on doing a third if Warners wants to make it. Certainly, if the Batphone rings, I will answer.”
Rumours about Affleck’s willingness to stick with the DC movie universe began following the critical drubbing that Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice took, and flared up again when it was revealed that he would not in fact be writing and directing The Batman. He told EW that it was a case of realising that writing, directing and starring in The Batman would simply be too much to handle.
“It’s such a big job, in terms of the stunts and the suit and the action and the character,” he explained. “Trying to do that, and direct, would probably be too much. Something would be compromised. I think it came off, optically, to the broader world, like lack of interest or enthusiasm. When in fact I love this character.”
He certainly seems enthused about the prospect of working with Matt Reeves, who is coming off an incredible critical response to War For The Planet Of The Apes, and told EW that he feels like the DC movie universe is finally finding its feet with Wonder Woman‘s immense success and Justice League to come.
“I think getting Matt Reeves to come in and do it is really, really exciting,” he said. “Matt hasn’t really unveiled his full vision yet. He wanted to wait until Apes came out, and he was obviously consumed with that…Warners has been working on it, making sure we’re getting it right. That’s the partnership you definitely want. With Wonder Woman, they really hit a home run. With [Justice League], I think we’ve found the tone, and found the flavor of it…I’d love to do it as long as they’ll have me. Eventually it’ll be somebody else, and I’m sure they’ll get somebody great. But while I’m doing it, I’m going to do the best job I can, and really appreciate how lucky I am.”
Well, that sounds pretty clear, at least for now. Obviously he’s not going to be playing the character forever, but with a big swing in popular opinion following the wonder of Wonder Woman and a good Justice League trailer, and filmmaker like Matt Reeves coming on board, it makes sense that he’d be pretty stoked about The Batman.
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