Swirling rumors about Ben Affleck being ousted in his role as Batman have been squelched by The Dark Knight himself.
Affleck made it clear during a Warner Bros. Hall H panel, that he has no intentions of stepping down. Entertainment Weekly interviewed the actor following the panel and he was quick to drive home that point.
“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.”
Affleck believes that his decision to step down from directing the third series’ installment, “The Batman”, is what prompted the rumors. Taking off the director’s hat means that he can concentrate on the demands of the role. Ben pointed out that the suit itself is a major challenge, and then there are the intense stunts, stunning effects, riveting action, and remaining true to the character he portrays. “Trying to do that, and direct, would probably be too much.”
The words were music to the ears of the 6,500 fans he spoke to at Comic-Con, confirming his love for the character. “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.”
Ben gushed about director Matt Reeves coming back to complete the trilogy. “Matt hasn’t really unveiled his full vision yet. So I’m looking forward to hearing what his story is.”
Warner Bros. is gearing up for their expected mega-hit, Justice League, opening in theaters this November. Spring-boarding off of the unparalleled success of “Wonder Woman”, the production house also teased about the release of “Aquaman” starring Jason Momoa scheduled for December, 2018.