Ben Affleck has decided to step aside as director of the movie “The Batman” and remain only as star and producer of the project. Read his full statement below.
“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.”
Sources close to the project said Affleck and Warner Bros. have been discussing about the best way to bring this film to life, so they can make a decision together, Variety reported.
This decision was made based on what’s best for the project and has nothing to do with Affleck’s recent disappointment in his latest work directing the movie “Live by Night,” sources say.
Warner Bros. and Ben Affleck are now looking for a new director. Apparently, there is a shortlist and Matt Reeves, director of “War for the Planet of the Apes,” is among those on the list.
“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.
Affleck finished his work as Batman in the production of “Justice League” which opens November 17. He was currently preparing for the new Batman movie this summer, a screenplay that Affleck co-wrote with Geoff Johns.
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