Bad news for those hoping Ben Affleck’s competent, workmanlike directing might bring a solid, straightforward Batman movie that wouldn’t require an “ultimate edition” to sort of make sense. In a statement to Variety, Affleck has announced that he will no longer be directing The Batman and will now only produce and star in the superhero solo film.
These kinds of decisions are often attributed to “creative differences,” but Affleck instead blames the rigorous demands of grumbling while also wearing a cowl. He told the trade, “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.”
It’s further specified that the decision has “nothing to do with” Live By Night being even more roundly dismissed than Jersey Girl.
Warner Bros. is now working with Affleck to find someone new for the job, and it’s said one of the frontrunners is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. Though, if anything, shouldn’t he be directing The Flash?