Ben Affleck has stepped down as director of The Batman.
The Academy Award winner is still attached to star as the film's titular hero, and will also serve as a producer on the highly anticipated superhero film.
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “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.”
Sources close to the project say that Affleck and Warner Bros. discussed how to make the best film possible and this was the decision both parties came to in the end.
“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life,” the studio said a statement.
The studio, along with Affleck, will now begin the search for a new director.
Affleck, who will next take up the cape and cowl in Zack Snyder's Justice League on November 17th, co-wrote the scrip for The Batman with Geoff Johns.
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