Ben Affleck squashes Batman exit rumors

Ben Affleck squashes Batman exit rumors, and Jason Momoa spills all the 'Justice League' goss

Actors Jason Momoa, left and Ben Affleck speak at Comic-Con. (Richard Shotwell / Invision/Associated Press)
Actors Jason Momoa, left and Ben Affleck speak at Comic-Con. (Richard Shotwell / Invision/Associated Press)

Contrary to recent fanboy-panicking reports, the Batfleck will stay in the picture. At least, according to Ben Affleck.

On Warner Bros.' Comic-Con panel Saturday, the "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" star made sure to address the elephant in the room -- a very, very large room packed with 6,500 eager fans.

A day ago, a Hollywood Reporter article cited a source claiming that Warner Bros. is angling to push Affleck out of his Batman role in its massive DC Extended Universe franchise. 

"Let me be very clear," he said, leading off the "Justice League" panel in Hall H with so much emphasis he dropped three f-bombs in the process. "I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest (…) character in any universe – DC, Marvel – and I’m so thrilled to do it."

"It’s (...) amazing. I still can’t believe after two films… we have this history with this great studio," he said. "Kevin Tsujihara and Sue Kroll and Toby Emmerich said to me, ‘We want you to be our Batman.’"

Affleck also raved about director Matt Reeves, who replaced him at the helm of the highly anticipated standalone film "The Batman." 

"I would be a (…) ape on the ground for Matt Reeves, never mind being Batman! I’m really blown away and excited. It’s a great time in the DC universe."

Whether Affleck's assurances put the DCEU fandom at ease remains to be seen. 

Joining Affleck on the Hall H dais were "Justice League" co-stars Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and Ezra Miller (The Flash). 

The squad played an action-packed "Justice League" trailer for the capacity crowd and briefly addressed the exit of director Zack Snyder, who handed the reins of finishing the film after a family tragedy to "Avengers" director Joss Whedon.

"Joss is a great guy and Zack picked a great guy to come in and finish up for him," said Fisher.

The actors described the thrill of suiting up as a full team for the first time on the "Justice League" set. 

"It was very much a high geek-level moment, it was just electrifying," said Affleck. "It was incredible."

"I kept trying to touch everyone and they had to tell me, ‘Stop! Stop!’ It looked so cool and real," said Miller, who threw gentle shade to DC rivals Marvel. The DC Comics world is "the first comic universe… are there other comic houses?”

Gadot thanked fans for embracing her "Wonder Woman" this summer, making the first female superhero movie a box office topper.

"This character is just so incredible," she said. "She stands for everything that is good, for love and compassion and truth and justice and peace. There is nothing not to love about her."

But it was Momoa who stole the show from the very start, making a rock star entrance from the back of the room, trident in hand. 

And when one fan inquired about Henry Cavill -- whose dearly departed Superman is mourned heavily in the trailer -- Momoa pulled no punches.

"Son, I don't know if your parents showed you the last movie but Superman's DEAD." 

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