Yesterday Ben Affleck took the stage at Comic-Con to tell fans how much he loves being Batman, a clear response to the report from last Friday that said his Batman future was in doubt. After Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly caught up with Affleck, and he went into much more detail about his future as the Dark Knight.
“My status remains what it always is,” Affleck said. “I’ve done the two movies. I’ve always intended on doing a third if Warners wants to make it. Certainly, if the Batphone rings, I will answer.”
Affleck’s contract requires him to play Batman three times: Batman v Superman, Justice League, and a Justice League sequel, according to his agent. With no Justice League sequel currently planned, that third time in the cowl will likely be The Batman with director Matt Reeves instead. Suicide Squad was a “walk-on”, as Affleck put it, and did not count against his three contracted appearances (and is likely why he wasn’t in the credits).
Speaking of Matt Reeves, Affleck had nothing but praise for him. “I think getting Matt Reeves to come in and do it is really, really exciting,” Affleck said. He also had nice words for Warner Bros., Justice League, and Wonder Woman.
“Warners has been working on it, making sure we’re getting it right. That’s the partnership you definitely want. With Wonder Woman, they really hit a home run. With [Justice League], I think we’ve found the tone, and found the flavor of it,” he said.
“I’d love to do it as long as they’ll have me,” he concluded. “Eventually it’ll be somebody else, and I’m sure they’ll get somebody great. But while I’m doing it, I’m going to do the best job I can, and really appreciate how lucky I am.”
Affleck also reiterated why he stepped down from directing The Batman. It wasn’t due to a lack of enthusiasm, it just became too much work for one person.
“It’s such a big job, in terms of the stunts and the suit and the action and the character. Trying to do that, and direct, would probably be too much. Something would be compromised. I think it came off, optically, to the broader world, like lack of interest or enthusiasm. When in fact I love this character.”
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly