Ben Affleck will no longer be directing the new standalone Batman movie, titled simply The Batman, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Affleck was set to both star in and direct the Warner Bros.’ film.
But Affleck, who first took over as the Caped Crusader in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, issued a statement Monday saying, “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.”
Both Affleck and the studio came to the mutual agreement that it would be best for the film if it was not directed by someone who’s focus was split between the dual roles.
There have been rumors of Affleck’s departure from the director’s chair for the past several months, since he let on that there were issues with the movie’s script. Most recently, Affleck starred in and directed the gangster movie Live By Night which reportedly lost $75 million dollars for Warner Bros.
Affleck also donned the cape and cowl in Suicide Squad and Justice League, which will hit theaters this November.
With no release date yet set for The Batman, the film still appears to be a top priority in regards to Warner Bros.’ DCEU, so much so that it has been bumped up in line before the Justice League sequel.