Affleck Drops Out of Directing The Batman

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Ben Affleck, who was set to star in and direct a planned solo Batman movie for Warner Bros., has decided not to helm the project after all, though he remains committed to reprise his role as the Dark Knight.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” the actor-turned-filmmaker said in a statement on Monday. “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.”

Warner Bros. has positioned Affleck as a key creative figure in both onscreen and behind the scenes as it builds out its DC Comics movie universe. Still, his decision was not entirely unexpected. In recent months, Affleck had expressed hesitation about taking on such a high-stakes project as a director, noting the difficulty of living up to the standards set by Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster “Dark Knight” trilogy.

Warner Bros., which also released “Live by Night” as well as last year’s Affleck-starring action thriller “The Accountant,” maintains a close relationship with the star. In a statement, the studio said that “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”

While Warner Bros. searches for a new director for the film, it remains to be seen what Affleck will decide to direct himself next.

The Batman does not have a release date at this time.

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