Ben Affleck has announced that he will no longer be directing The Batman, but will still star and produce the film.
After months of rumors – and denials from Affleck – it is now official that Affleck will not be directing the solo Batman film for the DC Extended Universe. In an exclusive comment to Variety, he explained his reasoning.
There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. 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 speaking with Variety say this decision was based solely on what is best for the project, and that it has nothing to do with Live by Night having just flopped at the box office.
Color me dubious on that part. Live by Night was a passion project that was used as part of a trade by Affleck with Warner Brothers. If he got his passion project he would direct The Batman as well as star and produce. With his film having just cost the studio $75M in losses by some estimates, you have to figure it played at least a part in this move.
As to who will now direct The Batman is anyone’s guess. Apparently Affleck has a list which includes War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Source: Variety .