Fans of Ben Affleck were left disappointed on Monday after the latest The Batman update surfaced. It has been confirmed that the Oscar winner will not be directing his standalone reboot film for DC Extended Universe. However, he will still play a vital role in the making of the movie.
Variety brought the exclusive report, confirming the exit of Affleck from the directorial position. Fans must note that the decision was not made on “creative differences” but due to work load. Furthermore, Affleck has assured fans that he will still be hands-on with the project.
Affleck will be the producer and main star for The Batman. The Oscar winner has also provided an official statement on his exit. He admitted that he cannot perform critical roles at a time, but he expressed confidence that fans will still love the upcoming movie.
“Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give,” Affleck said. “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,” he added.
If Affleck’s statement is anything to draw conclusions from, it confirmed that he will be one of the persons who will decide on who to tap as director. DC Comics COO Geoff Johns will likely be one of the executives who will also get an important say on the directorial position. Sources have also revealed that Director Matt Reeves is already part of the shortlist. Reeves is known for directing War for the Planet of the Apes.
Warner Bros. Supports Affleck’s Decision
The studio has also made an official response. “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life,” a recent statement read. Over the years, WB has had a fruitful relationship with Affleck. It is possible that the decision was made mutually to benefit both sides.
Affleck recently wrapped up his work with Justice League. The Oscar winner played as The Batman and was also the executive producer for the movie. The movie will hit theaters on November 17.