In an exclusive by Variety, it was revealed that Ben Affleck has stepped down as the director for Warner Bros’ The Batman. He will still remain as a producer and star of the film.
Ben Affleck’s official statement surrounding the decision is as follows:
“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.”
This decision does not come as a surprise considering the recent conflicting reports and statements surrounding Affleck’s desire to direct the film and the film’s lack of progress. Our writer Christina E. Janke reported about Affleck’s statements here a month ago when reports were originally starting to crop up.
Affleck has made it abundantly clear in all of his statements, including his departure statement, that his main priority is to uphold the image of Batman for fellow fans. Hearing that he has stepped down because of concerns he cannot deliver the best of himself in both an acting and directing capacity makes this fellow Batman fan happy.
Also, knowing that he is still going to be heavily involved in the collaboration process with Warner Bros. makes me thankful because someone has to keep Warner Bros. in line. Why do I say this? Considering their track record of focusing solely on pumping out DC movies regardless of the quality of movie they are releasing, I have a feeling that Ben Affleck will make sure they don’t produce something similar to Suicide Squad.
Now we just have to wait and see who gets selected to be the director. Do you have any guesses? Let us know in the comments below.