Ben Affleck Denies Rumors That He Is Leaving Batman

Matt Reeves The Batman

Despite yesterday’s persistant rumors that Warner Bros. Pictures was planning to usher Ben Affleck out of his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the DCEU, it seems the actor is looking to stay on board the franchise.

At the Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic Con 2017, Ben Affleck assured fans that he will still be Batman in the future of the DCEU. During the panel, the actor expressed his excitement for working with War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves on The Batman, stating:

“With Matt Reeves doing it, I would be a f–king ape on the ground for Matt Reeves.”

Heroic Hollywood Editor-in-Chief Umberto Gonzalez, as well as our own Michael Mistroff, were in attendance at the Warner Bros. panel:

Warner Bros. also released a brand new trailer for Justice League at the panel, which you can watch here.

Ben Affleck’s Batman first appeared in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will next be seen in Justice League where he will be joined by Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Henry Cavill as Superman, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielson as Queen Hippolyta, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Here is the official synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League hits theaters later this year on November 17, 2017. No release date has been set just yet for Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

5 Best Batman Moments Of The DCEU So Far

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The DC Extended Universe is starting to slowly become a fully realized universe with several major heroes already being introduced. One of them being the Dark Knight himself: Batman. Ben Affleck portrayed a dark and tortured version of Bruce Wayne in 2016’s Batman V. Superman and in Suicide Squad. His take on the character set the tone of the universe and provided some excellent moments that stood apart from the actors who have portrayed Batman in the past. The DCEU has offered him some great moments and while I got a chance to look at Superman’s best moments so far, it is now time to look at the iconic Detective.

Here are the 5 greatest Batman moments of the DCEU so far.

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Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).

  • Jacob McMillan

    Shocking. Dumbass media, you’ll never stop

    • Fenix

      Lol “the media” I mean what else do you expect afleck to say?

      • Ben risks alienating a lot of fans if he is deceiving them about this. Literally many millions of fans by now that he has won since the days of Gigli. He is playing one of the most popular characters of all time. It’s a character that he loves himself. Most critics and fans love him in the role. He is now one of the highest paid actors in the business. Presumably he can make any film that he wants in exchange for sticking around as Batman. It would mess up what the DCEU has built up for him to leave at this critical stage. The benefits of staying put are pretty obvious. It makes much more logical sense that he is staying than leaving.