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Ben Affleck Addresses Rumors He's Leaving Batman Role

One big question that Ben Affleck was clearly going to face at the Justice League panel during 2017 Comic-Con was about the rumors he’s leaving the role of Batman.

Earlier this week, a report surfaced that Warner Bros. is setting the stage for a new actor to play the caped crusader.

“Let me be very clear,” Ben said on the panel (via THR). “I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest part in the universe. I’m so thrilled to do it. It’s f–king amazing.”

Ben also addressed the upcoming The Batman standalone movie being developed by War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. Ben was originally slated to write and direct the film, but dropped out of those roles.

“I would be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves!” he said.

Ben Affleck's Batman Might Be Ushered Out of DC Franchise

Ben Affleck might not be your Batman for that much longer, if the new report from THR is true.

The Hollywood trade is reporting that we likely will not see Ben star in the upcoming standalone superhero movie The Batman.

Ben was set to star in the film, as well as write and direct it. After dropping out as the director, Matt Reeves was hired and he decided to also drop Ben‘s script.

While Ben will star as the caped crusader in the upcoming Justice League movie, “the studio is working on plans to usher out Affleck‘s Batman – gracefully, addressing the change in some shape or form in one of the upcoming DC films,” THR reports.

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Is Joe Manganiello Still Playing Deathstroke in 'The Batman'?

Months ago, it was confirmed that Joe Manganiello would be playing Deathstroke in Ben Affleck‘s The Batman.

However, over the weekend, Joe gave an interview that has fans talking.

On the Pittsburgh Today Live morning show, the host asked about playing the role.

Joe threw his hands in the air and said, “Um…maybe?” The host responded with, “Hopefully?” and Joe said “Yea.” The host laughed and said, “We’ll see.”

The Batman is seemingly going through numerous changes after Ben‘s rehab stint. He will no longer be directing the movie, and it’s reportedly going through re-writes.

While nothing official has been revealed, fans are wondering if Deathstroke is being written out of the movie, or if the movie is even going to happen.

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'The Batman' Confirms a Director, 'Nightwing' Movie in the Works

Matt Reeves has been confirmed as the director of the upcoming movie The Batman, a standalone film about the superhero starring Ben Affleck.

The actor was originally going to direct himself in the film, but he dropped out of the position after his schedule got too packed. Matt previously directed Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and he is in post-production right now on War for the Planet of the Apes.

“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen,” Matt said in a statement (via Deadline).

In other Batman news, Warner Bros. is currently planning a standalone movie for the character Nightwing, who is known for being the original Robin in the Batman comics.

Chris McKay, who just helmed The Lego Batman Movie, is in talks to direct the film, according to THR.

Ben Affleck on Batman Questions: 'It's Such a Pain in the Ass'

Ben Affleck is sick of answering Batman movie questions!

A video from ET has surfaced online, where the 44-year-old actor was asked if he’s tired of answering questions about the upcoming standalone film and whether it will get made.

“Oh my God, it’s such a pain in the ass. It’s, like, every time I mention Batman it gets this huge click bait. And when I was doing this movie ["Live by Night"], it took me two years to get it together, but no one ever asked me “Where is ‘Live by Night?’” Ben said.

“They ask me, ‘Batman, Batman, Batman.’ ‘Batman’ is coming along. It’s going to be great. We’re going to make something really special. We’re going to take the time to make it right. We’re going to do it good. We’re going to do it the right way and the fans are going to love it,” he added.

Pictured inside: Ben with co-star Chris Messina at the Live by Night premiere held at Cinema UGC Normandie on Monday (January 16) in Paris, France. More Here! »

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