12:50pm PT by Borys Kit
Ben Affleck Denies He's Exiting as Batman
Ben Affleck tried to set the record straight about his future as Batman, saying he plans to remain part of the DC Extended Universe.
The move came a day after The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the studio was exploring options to potentially set the stage for a Batman recasting.
"Let me be very clear," Affleck said Saturday during Warner Bros.' Comic-Con panel, "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 said that after two film appearances as Batman, he still can't believe he gets to play the part and underlined that he has talked to Warners' heads Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll and Toby Emmerich about the role.
"'We want you to be the Batman' they told me, and I believe them," he said.
He then brought up Matt Reeves' movie in development and exclaimed, "I would be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves!"
Later in the presentation, he reiterated that he loves "being in Hall H and being able to say 'I'm Batman.'"
The crowd cheered at his soothing words, although it remains unclear in what direction Reeves' Batman will ultimately go.
Reeves is set to direct The Batman and has eyes on making a trilogy with the character. Reeves has dropped a script by Affleck and Geoff Johns, and Affleck once was attached to direct himself.
No release date has been set for The Batman. Justice League opens Nov. 17.