Ben Affleck denies Batman exit rumours

The actor took to the stage at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday, where he insisted he would be continuing in the role.

FILE: A poster for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'.

Ben Affleck appeared at San Diego Comic Con to dismiss rumours he is being “phased out” as Batman.

The 44-year-old actor has played the iconic superhero in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Justice League’ and took to the stage at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday, where he insisted he would be continuing in the role.

He said: “I know there’s this misconception because I didn’t direct it that I wasn’t enthusiastic about it. It’s f---ing amazing. I still can’t believe it ...

“[They told me,] ‘We want you to be our Batman’ ... Batman is the coolest f---ing part in any universe, DC, Marvel. I’m so thrilled to do it.”

It comes after Affleck announced he would not be directing The Batman stand-alone movie so he can concentrate on giving the role of Batman the “passion” it deserves.

In a statement, he said: “There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require.

“Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Whilst Warner Bros. added in their own statement at the time: “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”