Af­fleck as­sures fans he’s still Bat­man

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/ENTERTAINMENT -

Ben Af­fleck is still Bat­man. The ac­tor shot down ru­mours that he would be hang­ing up his cape for the stand-alone Bat­man film, even though he re­cently ceded di­rect­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Speak­ing to a crowd of about 6,500 fans at San Diego Comic-Con, Af­fleck un­equiv­o­cally as­sured the crowd that he is still star­ring in “The Bat­man.”

On Fri­day, the trade pub­li­ca­tion The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter pub­lished a re­port that Warner Bros. was work­ing on plans to “usher out Af­fleck’s Bat­man grace­fully” and sug­gested that it might hap­pen be­fore “The Bat­man.” The re­port threat­ened to over­shadow Warner Bros.’ flashy Hall H pre­sen­ta­tion on Satur­day, which was fo­cused on hyp­ing the stu­dio’s big su­per­hero mashup film “Jus­tice League,” which hits the­atres in Novem­ber.

“Let me be very clear. I am the luck­i­est guy in the world. Bat­man is the coolest part in any uni­verse, DC or Marvel,” Af­fleck said. He wanted to knock down the idea that he wasn’t com­mit­ted to the char­ac­ter, even though he won’t be di­rect­ing.

Af­fleck praised di­rec­tor Matt Reeves’ vi­sion and said he would “be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves.” Reeves re­cently di­rected “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

With the cloud lifted, Af­fleck and his fel­low “Jus­tice League ” stars Gal Gadot, Ja­son Mo­moa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher were left to talk about the up­com­ing film, which has had its own fair share of up­heaval re­cently when di­rec­tor Zack Sny­der ex­ited for per­sonal rea­sons and Joss Whe­don took over the reshoots and com­ple­tion of the film.

Nei­ther Sny­der nor Whe­don were at Comic-Con, al­though Sny­der tweeted Fri­day that he was send­ing his best to the “Jus­tice League” team.

The footage fo­cused heav­ily on Gal Gadot’s Won­der Woman, who emerged as the clear favourite of the fans in the au­di­ence who screamed at ev­ery shot of the Ama­zo­nian war­rior. “Won­der Woman” re­cently be­came the high­est gross­ing of the four DC Ex­tended Uni­verse films.

An­other per­son miss­ing from the panel was Su­per­man star Henry Cav­ill. When a young fan asked the ac­tors if he’ll show up in the film, Gadot re­as­sured him. “We can’t say much but if you love Su­per­man you’re go­ing to be very, very happy,” she said.

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