After months of ups, downs, and backtracking, Ben Affleck has made it official — he won’t be directing the DCEU’s solo Batman film. The actor said the following in a statement via The Hollywood Reporter:
“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.”
In a statement from Warner Bros., it’s clear the studio is lending their support:
“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”
It’s honestly an unfortunate bit of news. However, Affleck has been upfront about reservations concerning his many roles for months. He recently reassured fans he would be the man behind the camera, after several reports alleged he would walk away should things not go as expected. It seems that this is indeed what wound up happening.
But let’s not grow faint of heart. Affleck’s commitment to the Dark Knight is sincere, and his cause for stepping down is admirable. Here’s to hoping he and the studio are able to find someone to helm the project that is just as sincere and inspires just as much confidence in the audience.
In the meantime, we’ll get to see more of Batfleck in action come November 17 in Justice League.
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