When you’re the Batman, you’re the Batman until further notice.
With swirls of changing winds blowing through the DCEU at Comic-Con, Ben Affleck took the stage at Hall H on Saturday and wanted to make something clear. And because he is the Batman, we will let him be very clear.
“Let me be very clear,” Affleck said. “I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest fucking guy in any universe, DC, Marvel, whatever. I’m so thrilled to do it. It’s fucking amazing.”
OK wait — that’s not clear at all. It certainly does nothing to materially dispel a story in The Hollywood Reporter this week that said Affleck’s Batman could be phased out as soon as Justice League, the very movie he’s here to promote.
Affleck did say that he didn’t want anyone to think his commitment to the cape and cowl had wavered when he stepped down as director. And at least Affleck seems to understand what everyone knows — that handing the megaphone to Matt Reeves is an upgrade. The guy is coming off two marvelous Planet of the Apes movies, Affleck is coming off Live By Night.
“Matt Reeves doing this is like, I would be a fucking ape on the ground for Matt Reeves,” Affleck said. “I’m really blown away and excited and it’s a great time in the DC universe.”
Somebody please alert Andy Serkis that Affleck is gunning for his job.
But first, let us be clear. It’s 2017, Justice League comes out in November, and right now?