Ben Affleck Is Out As ‘The Batman’ Director
Ben Affleck has announced that he is stepping down as director of the upcoming film “The Batman,” but will remain on as the producer and superhero of the movie.
In a statement obtained by Variety Monday, the 44-year-old actor said he needed to do so to perform at his “very best” as the star of the film. (RELATED: Ben Affleck Just Went On An Epic Rant About How Unfairly The Patriots Were Treated Last Season)
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said. “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,” he added. “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.”
Sources told the outlet Affleck’s low ticket sales worldwide for his most recent project “Live by Night” had nothing to do with him stepping away. That project has only grossed $18.9 million globally, according to another report.
Both the actor and Warner Bros. say they will begin the search immediately to find a director for the movie.
“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life,” the studio said in the same statement.
Affleck appeared as the caped crusader in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” last year.