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Ben Affleck addresses rumors about him not playing Batman anymore during Comic-Con panel

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Ben Affleck appeared alongside his Justice League co-stars at San Diego Comic-Con today where he seemingly shut down rumors that he would no longer be playing Batman after an article from The Hollywood Reporter suggested that Warner Bros. was developing a plan that would usher him out of the DC Extended Universe.

Rather than transcribing what Affleck said during the Hall H panel, we figured it would be best to embed the video of him speaking about the matter, courtesy of our good friends over at JoBlo, which is too good not to share. Take a look for yourself below:

And below is the original report we brought to you yesterday.

Original story: It’s no secret that there is a lot of back and forth with Ben Affleck’s involvement in the DC Extended Universe. Around the end of last year and into the current one, Affleck happily confirmed that he would be directing The Batman after previously stating in an interview that “it was not a set thing” and that “there’s no script.” However, weeks later, he changed courses and officially stepped down from his position as a director on the high-profile project.

Fast forward to the present day, and it appears Affleck’s involvement in the DCEU is in limbo once again as The Hollywood Reporter suggests that Warner Bros. is working on a plan that would help “usher out Affleck’s Batman gracefully” and that they would address the change “in some shape or form in one of the upcoming DC films.”

With Affleck heading to San Diego Comic-Con this weekend to help promote Justice League on the studio’s Hall H panel on Saturday, a request for comment from Warner Bros. on THR’s report didn’t lead us to anything new, but rather previously released statement from Toby Emmerich, the studio’s president and chief content officer. Take a look below:

“Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can.”

For Affleck, though, the situation at hand could be much greater than simply just not wanting to play the role, one that is very near and dear to his heart, anymore. Back in March, the actor revealed that he had “completed treatment for alcohol addiction” and that it was “something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront.” Among all the speculation, perhaps Affleck just simply needs to take some time to focus on himself and his family, which is something that I think we can all relate to in one way or another.

Until a decision has been made, you can certainly expect to see Affleck in Justice League this November, while his involvement with Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which is currently undergoing a major change in screenplays, is still on the table until production begins in 2018.

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Matt Damon is reteaming with his ‘Ford v Ferrari’ director James Mangold for ‘The Force’

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Nearly 14 years after starring in Martin Scorsese‘s brilliant Infernal Affairs remake The Departed, Matt Damon is set to head back into crooked cop movie territory with his Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold.

According to Deadline, Damon is attached to play the lead role of Denny Malone in Mangold’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2017 best-selling novel The Force, which is a pretty damn good read if you haven’t gotten around to it yet.

In the book, Malone — a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant — is the dirtiest of dirty cops, having stolen millions of dollars worth of cash and narcotics in the wake of one of the biggest heroin busts in the history of New York City.

Little does Malone know, though, that the feds are hot on his tail “and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the job, his family and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all,” as the book’s official synopsis puts it.

David Mamet wrote and turned in the first draft of the script for The Force in 2017, but Mangold is currently in the middle of a rewrite with his Logan collaborator Scott Frank, so I suppose we’ll see how that turns out.

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Production begins on Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett

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Production is officially underway on Guillermo del Toro’s star-studded new project Nightmare Alley, which features one hell of an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in the leading roles.

An adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley follows Stanton “Stan” Carlisle (Cooper), a young and ambitious con man who teams up with a female psychiatrist (Blanchett) for a mentalist act, only to realize that she’s even more corrupt than he is.

Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, David Strathairn, Jim Beaver, and Mark Povinelli round out the film’s cast, with del Toro alumni such as Ron Perlman and Richard Jenkins also said to be in talks to join.

Leonardo DiCaprio was initially supposed to play Cooper’s role but was forced to bow out earlier this year as production on Nightmare Alley would’ve conflicted with that of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, which stars DiCaprio alongside Robert De Niro and is expected to begin shooting in the spring.

No word yet on when Searchlight Pictures plans on releasing Nightmare Alley, but stay tuned for more info on that.

Excited to start shooting today on our new adventure NIGHTMARE ALLEY with @RealGDT and many of our regular gang. pic.twitter.com/lzPHhXpppI

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Phoenix: Warner Bros. invites you to an advance screening of Cathy Yan’s ‘Birds of Prey’

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Warner Bros. will release Birds of Prey on February 7 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to enter to free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Birds of Prey happening at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Winners for this contest will be selected and notified on Monday, February 3 via email. Good luck! Below is the official trailer for Birds of Prey as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Cathy Yan

Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor

Opens: Friday, February 7

Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout, and some sexual and drug material

Synopsis: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

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