Sources have confirmed this morning that actor-director Ben Affleck will no longer take a seat behind the camera for DC Comics’ forthcoming feature, The Batman.
The star – who will reprise his role of Bruce Wayne / The Dark Knight following his performance in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice last year – will remain as a producer on the DCEU title, but is handing the visual reigns over. The decision was formally made by Affleck and executives at Warner Bros. Pictures, who believed the move was the beneficial choice for the project and all involved.
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “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 shortlist for the vacant role is now being compiled, and includes the likes of Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes). Affleck has completed photography on Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which co-stars Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, J.K. Simmons, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Jeremy Irons. It is scheduled to open in theatres worldwide on 17th November.