MARVEL & DC BRING IT TO COMIC-CON, BEN AFFLECK ADDRESSES 'BATMAN' RUMORS
Marvel and DC pulled out all the stops at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. Ben Affleck also addressed the swirling rumors that he was leaving Team Batman.
Several revelations dropped from Marvel. Stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Jeff Goldblum were there and several newsy details and sneak peaks at forthcoming movies were dropped on eager attendees. Among the Marvel revelations:
- Ant-Man and The Wasp is currently filming in Atlanta, and Marvel Entertainment president Kevin Feige made major casting announcements. Michelle Pfeiffer will play Janet Van Dyke in the movie, Hannah John-Kamen will play Ghost, Walter Goggins will play Sonny Burch, Randall Park will play Jimmy Woo and Laurence Fishburne will play Dr. Bill Foster.
- A new logo and some concept art for the Ant-Man sequel were shared, plus the the news that it will, as expected, once again star Paul Rudd.
- A new poster and a second trailer for Thor: Ragnarok debuted, featuring Thor and The Hulk having a Battle of the Champions. Cate Blanchett’s villain Hela made an appearance in the trailer as well.
- Hemsworth addressed making a third Thor during the panel, saying: "If we're going to make a third film we really have to push the envelope and experiment take it to another level so that is what this film was. Cut his hair, break his hammer, change his clothes, change the world. I think that's what you're going to see and be excited about."
- Meanwhile, in DC Universe, Affleck was unequivocal when discussing his role in the upcoming Batman film: "Let me be very clear: I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest part in any universe — DC, Marvel. It's incredible. ... I'm so thrilled to do it."
- Affleck’s comments came as a response to a Hollywood Reporter story published Friday that called his future role into question. Citing an anonymous source, THR wrote that studio Warner Bros. was figuring out how to “usher out Affleck’s Batman.”
- When moderator Chris Hardwick brought up the rumor during a Justice League panel, Affleck interjected, saying: "I know there was a misconception that because I didn't direct it that I wasn't enthusiastic about it. [But] it's f---ing amazing. And I still can't believe I've done two films and have this great history with this studio."
- Affleck recused himself as director of The Batman in January. Matt Reeves, War for the Planet of the Apes director, has replaced him.
- Affleck and his Justice League costars unveiled a new trailer for their highly anticipated film, set to drop November 17th.