For some time now, we’ve known about an upcoming DC Comics movie called The Batman, a new Batman franchise created by Ben Affleck. The actor, known for his role as the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming Justice League feature film, was originally supposed to produce, act, and direct the upcoming movie, however in a new report by Variety, sources indicate that both Affleck and Warner Bros. have decided that for the best of the film, Ben won’t be directing after all.
Ben Affleck has decided to step down as director of “The Batman” and remain on as a producer and star of the project.
Affleck is still on board to play the superhero, but sources close to the talent said Affleck and Warner Bros., after discussing how to best make the film possible, came to the decision together.
According to a statement released by Affleck in the report, juggling between producing, starring, and directing The Batman would simply be too much and his performance throughout the film wouldn’t be as good as he wants it to be.
“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.”
It’s worth noting that reports were never confirmed Affleck would direct, but it was assumed so strongly that it became mandatory to think he’d be in the director’s seat. But now, it’s clear that this role will be filled by someone else. It’s unclear who exactly, but we may know soon. Notably, Matt Reeves, the director of War for the Planet of the Apes, may be in consideration.
The Batman is expected to be released within the next two years.