Ben Affleck has confirmed that he is indeed stepping down as director of the next solo Batman movie, tentatively titled The Batman.
Affleck, who co-wrote the script with DC comics president Geoff Johns, will still maintain his role as producer on the film and will be involved in hiring the replacement director. Affleck has been expressing his concerns with the film lately, indicating that he would be hesitant to direct the movie if the script didn’t feel just right.
His first appearance as Batman in the critically panned Batman v Superman is generally considered to be one of the better parts of the film, leaving both fans and critics of the film eager for more.
“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.”
“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.
You can see Ben Affleck’s Batman return to lead the Justice league when the ensemble film opens in theaters on November 17, 2017. The Batman does not currently have a release date.