Heading into San Diego Comic-Con last week, rumors began to swirl around Warner Bros. and DC Films, with whispers that the studio's Batman, Ben Affleck, would soon be dropping out of the role. While at the Warner Bros. panel at SDCC17, Affleck directly addressed the Batman rumors, sparking headlines when he claimed all is well, and that his role in the DC Extended Universe is just hitting its prime.
If you weren't at the 'Con, we have a look at Ben's big Batman declaration for you to watch above - before we discuss below.
Here's the quote from Affleck:
"Batman is the coolest f*cking part in any universe - DC, Marvel - it's incredible, and I'm so thrilled to do it. I know there's this misconception that because I didn't direct it I wasn't enthusiastic about it; it's f*cking amazing... and with Matt Reeves doing it, it's like I'd be a f*cking ape on the ground for Matt Reeves - nevermind being Batman! It's incredible! So I'm really blown away and excited and it's a great time in the DC Universe. You're going to see some stuff from Justice League that we're really really proud of, and I'll think you'll see why I'm really excited to be Batman."
Fans will no doubt pan over this video over and over again, examining the actors every mannerism and tick for evidence of either genuine sentiment, or just classic studio media training, meant to quell fan fears.
Marvel Studios faced a similar situation after the success of its massive teamup event film, The Avengers, when franchise star Robert Downey Jr. showed was rumored to be wavering over contract disputes. Fans of Affleck as Batman hope that this situation is just as Affleck paints it to be; others are already making new plans for story ideas that could usher in a new Batman.
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In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes -- Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash -- it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a story by Snyder and Terrio, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons.
Justice League currently has a 4.16 out of 5 ComicBook.com User Anticipation rating making it the third most anticipated upcoming comic book movie among ComicBook.com readers. Let us know how excited you are for Justice League by giving the movie your own personal ComicBook.com User Anticipation Rating below. Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.