Ben Affleck made his big debut as Batman last year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and following his quick appearance in Suicide Squad, he's set to return later this year for Justice League. After that he's expected to reprise Bruce Wayne for the Caped Crusader's solo movie, but over the last several months, there have been rumors swirling around that Affleck will ditch the Batsuit and leave his Batman days behind him. Well today at San Diego Comic-Con, Affleck shot down those rumors and confirmed that he will be sticking around for the Batman movie. Affleck said:
Let me be very clear. I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest fucking part in the world. ... It's fucking amazing. And I still can't believe it, after two films... With Matt Reeves doing it, I would be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves, let alone Batman. ... I'm really excited to be Batman
CinemaBlend's own Sean O'Connell was in attendance during the Justice League portion of the Warner Bros presentation at SDCC today when Ben Affleck addressed what his future with Batman holds. Contrary to recent reports that Warner Bros was trying to take the Batman movie in a different direction that didn't involve Affleck, the former Daredevil assured those in the audience that he will remain Batman for the foreseeable future, citing that not only is he still enjoying playing the Dark Knight, but he's excited to have Matt Reeves on the Batman solo movie as director. So if you've enjoyed what you seen of Affleck's Batman so far in the DCEU, it appears that you don't have to worry about him leaving anytime soon.
When the Batman movie was initially announced, Ben Affleck was not only set to direct it, but he was co-writing the script with DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. However, at the end of January, Affleck stepped away from his directorial duties, and War for the Planet of the Apes' Matt Reeves was eventually hired to fill that position. Reeves also confirmed later this month that he's starting from scratch on the script, calling into question whether we'll still see a tale about Batman fighting Deathstroke or something else. Regardless, unlike the Burton/Schumacher era of Batman films, where the hero was re-cast twice, Affleck will remain the guy throwing Batarangs and pounding criminals to a pulp.
You can see Ben Affleck's Batman back in action starting November 17 with the release of Justice League, which will see Bruce Wayne teaming up with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg to defeat Steppenwolf and his Parademon army. Once that mess has been cleaned up, then we'll take a trip back to Gotham City to get a closer look at how Batman deals with the superstitious and cowardly lot on his home turf.