In a surprising turn of events, Ben Affleck has stepped down from the directors seat and will no longer be behind the scenes of Warner Bros’ standalone Batman film. However, he will still be starring as the Dark Knight, in addition to co-writing the film with Geoff Johns.
Although he has been rumored to be working on this project since 2015, and was confirmed to be attempting to juggle all of these responsibilities since April, Affleck told the Guardian earlier this month that directing “not a set thing… If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”
In a statement released by the actor himself, he said, “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.”
Warner Bros’ “fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life,” according to their own statement.
So what does this mean for The Batman? Ben Affleck appears to have the situation under control, as he said, “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.”
There is no release date yet for the DC Comic film yet, but it is rumored to come out in 2018.