Ben Affleck Denies Rumors He Is Exiting 'Batman'

Posted July 23, 2017

Reeves revealed during the publicity tour for "Apes" in June that he was planning an "almost noir-driven detective version of Batman", influenced by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock.

Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros. Would War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves have to find a new Bruce Wayne for the solo movie he's developing?

"I know there's this misconception because I didn't direct it that I wasn't enthusiastic about it", he said at the San Diego event promoting "Justice League". Batman is the coolest part in any universe, Marvel DC, anything-I'm so thrilled to do it.

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No release date has been set for The Batman.

Matt Reeves, who took over for Affleck after he backed out from directing the project in January, said in early 2017 that he was throwing out Affleck's script and starting over. "And I think you'll see why I'm so excited to be Batman". "And I would be lying if I could tell you that the arcs of Apes was already planned out, because it simply wasn't; it's one of those things where that character was so potent, and the possibility was embedded from the beginning, but exactly how you've got from A to Z is not something that existed".

He said that after two appearances as Batman in Warner's D.C. Extended Universe, studio bosses Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll and Toby Emmerich had made it clear the part would remain his.

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THR's report also suggested that Warner Bros. was looking for a way to transition from the Affleck Batman to another Batman.

Throughout the event, Affleck looked happy and relaxed - laughing off rumors that he was being "phased out" as the Caped Crusader and even dropping a few f-bombs.

Affleck debuted as an older version of Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, then appeared in Suicide Squad.

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Affleck will don the cape and cowl in Zack Snyder's "Justice League", which opens in November.