Ben Af­fleck to fans: I’m still Bat­man, de­spite ru­mors

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Ben Af­fleck is still Bat­man. The ac­tor shot down ru­mors that he would be hang­ing up his cape for the stand­alone 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 the­aters 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 fa­vorite 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.

Warner Bros. also teased a bit of “Aqua­man,” out Dec, 2018, star­ring Mo­moa in the ti­tle role. A snip­pet of footage from the James Wan-di­rected film, showed fish­er­men who are quite sur­prised when some­thing un­der the wa­ter catches on to the hook and starts drag­ging the boat along. They look un­der­wa­ter to see a fleet of gi­ant ships coast­ing un­der the sur­face. Mo­moa also teased that Ocean Mas­ter would be the film’s main villain, though he laughed that he would likely get in trou­ble for it. The stu­dio didn’t go past the 2018 slate of films, how­ever. If Bat­man and Won­der Woman weren’t enough, Marvel Stu­dios is primed to take cen­ter stage in Hall H on Satur­day even­ing.—AP

Mod­er­a­tor Chris Hard­wick, fore­ground right, takes a selfie with from left, Ben Af­fleck, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, and Ray Fisher at the Warner Bros "Jus­tice League" panel on day three of Comic-Con In­ter­na­tional in San Diego. — AP pho­tos

Mod­er­a­tor Chris Hard­wick, left, speaks as Ja­son Mo­moa holds his Aqua­man tri­dent on stage at the Warner Bros "Jus­tice League" panel on day three of Comic-Con In­ter­na­tional.

Ben Af­fleck speaks at the Warner Bros "Jus­tice League" panel on day three of Comic-Con In­ter­na­tional.

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