If there was any doubt that Ben Affleck would direct The Batman, those doubts were answered this evening. Variety is reporting that Affleck has stepped down as director of the upcoming film, which had many people speculating on how he would approach the film, but remaining on as the star and a producer of the film.
It is being reported that the studio, which is a big fan of Affleck, and he came to the decision together. The decision was reportedly for the good of the film. Which would seem like a huge undertaking given the amount of nerd pressure that is being placed on Affleck.
“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.”
The next step is to see who will take the helm of the movie, which was originally slated to go into production this year. It still can, because a director leaving a project is not unheard of. Given the amount of directors that have left DC properties as of late, it should not be too hard to imagine Affleck leaving the director’s chair.
“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. The article does mention that War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves could be on the short list for new directors.
The new director would be working with the script that was co-written by Affleck and Geoff Johns. He may not have been able to focus on the film entirely, since his character would be crossing over to other movies, especially the Justice League movies. This could be a good thing, as it will give it to someone that can focus on one aspect of the film. However, the internet will come to its own conclusions.