Ben Affleck’s adaptation of Batman was one of the most anticipated upcoming superhero movies, but now it’s not going to happen. While the actor/director will still don the cape and cowl to play the vigilante hero, he’s decided not to direct the film any longer.
In a statement released yesterday Affleck 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.”
Continuing on, Affleck also stated “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.”
Affleck first played The Dark Knight in last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and was tapped to star, co-write and direct the solo Batman ever since the summer of 2015. Last April Warner Bros’ confirmed that he was indeed going to do all three of those things as well. Lately however Affleck seemed to be moving away from at least directing the film, saying that it was “not a set thing” to the Guardian.
Warner Bros. responded to the statement, saying they “fully support Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”
Affleck’s next turn as the caped crusader will be in Justice League, opening on November 17th.