Ben Affleck Backs Out Of Directing THE BATMAN

Ben Affleck says he’s no longer directing THE BATMAN to focus on portraying the character.

In what may be another foreboding sign of the DC Entertainment Universe, Ben Affleck has announced that he’s stepping down as director for the upcoming superhero solo film, The Batman.

Affleck is still poised to producer and star as The Caped Crusader in the standalone, which will follow the Justice League movie out this November. According a statement in Variety, he ultimately made the decision to step down in order to focus on being the best Bruce Wayne possible.

“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 statement is slightly contradictory to another the actor made earlier this month, when he said the film had no script and “If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”

Variety had no comment on the script status, but did say Warner Bros already had a shortlist of possible replacements that includes War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves.

We’ll next see Ben Affleck as Batman in Justice League on November 17, 2017.

By Molly

Molly is a proud Canadian who is currently attending university in Scotland. She loves to read, write, watch films, and talk about Sarah J. Maas books. If not snuggled up with a book, Molly can usually be found tapping at the dance studio, or writing yet another essay.

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