Ben Affleck’s Not Going to Direct the Batman Solo Movie After All


As we continue to wonder why Warner Bros. can’t seem to get their acts together, Ben Affleck announced he’ll be stepping down as director of The Batman.

Warner Bros. needs a great moment. More specifically, the DC Extended Universe needs a great moment. That’s a fact. They’re struggling with their movies right now. Personally, I can probably go as far saying that they’ve lost my trust. But I try to stay optimistic and keeps my eyes on the horizon — to Wonder Woman, Justice League, and The Batman solo film. But perhaps Aquaman deserves more attention, because even The Batman can’t seem to find the proper footing.

As learned exclusively by Variety, Ben Affleck has decided to step down from the project. While he remains as star and producer, he agrees that also directing may be too much. Here’s his 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.”"

Now, at this point, you have to decide for yourself what’s true: Did Warner Bros. try to intervene? Did the pressure get to Affleck? Were they horrified by Live By Night‘s financial losses? Because of Affleck’s previous remarks and seeing how transparent he tends to be (See: Sad Affleck), I think we can assume his statement points toward a mutual decision.

What matters next is who will take the reins … The ball’s still in Affleck’s court. He may appoint someone from his previous projects. But this is a huge development (right on the heels of rewriting The Flash, nonetheless).

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