The rumblings at Warner Bros. continue in the wake of last year’s divisive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and now even the studio’s cape-and-cowled golden goose is feeling the repercussions. After dodging questions for months about the progress of the solo Batman movie that he intended to write, direct and star in, Ben Affleck has announced that he will no longer be the man behind the camera when the movie starts filming.
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.
While many have questioned whether Affleck was pulled due to the dismal reception of his latest directorial effort, Live by Night, it’s more likely that Affleck’s busy schedule, combined with the continual confusion at Warner Bros. about the tone and direction of its DC-inspired universe, is the real reason for the move.
Affleck will next be seen as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Justice League, slated to open November 17, 2017.