Ben Affleck has made a surprise announcement that he will not direct ‘The Batman’, but he will remain as the main star of the movie as well as a producer. According to Variety‘s sources, the decision was made together by Affleck and Warner Bros. Decision didn’t have anything to do with the recent disappointment in Affleck’s latest directing job, Live By Night, and was solely made based on what Affleck and WB thought would be best for the movie.
Affleck said in his statement that “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.”
The studio also released a statement saying that “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”
Warner Bros now has to start searching a new director for the movie. Matt Reeves, who directed ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’, is reportedly on the shortlist.
Affleck has completed work as the Batman in Justice League, and he was preparing to go into prep on the solo Batman movie this summer. There had been reports that Affleck was considering not directing the film during the past month. And he even said that he’d rather not make the movie at all, if it wasn’t as good as he wanted it to be.