Ben Affleck steps down as Director for “The Batman”
In a not so surprising move, Ben Affleck has stepped down as the director of “The Batman” movie but remain on as a producer and star of the project. There were continuous speculations that Ben wasn’t happy with how DC & Warner Bros. have handled the DC Movie franchise and while Affleck has refuted any such rift, the chinks in the armor are beginning to show. In an exclusive interview with Variety Affleck had this to say
“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.”
The studio and Affleck will now begin searching for a new director. Variety says there is a shortlist and they are hearing that War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is among those on the list.
Affleck has completed work as the Caped Crusader in “Justice League,” which opens Nov. 17, and he was preparing to go into prep on the solo “Batman” movie this summer. Affleck co-wrote the script with Geoff Johns.