Ben Affleck Will NOT Direct “The Batman”

Ben Affleck has decided to step down as director of “The Batman,” though will remain on as a producer and star of the project which is setup at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Sources for Variety claim Affleck and Warner Bros. discussed how to make the best film possible and this was the decision both parties came to. In a statement, Affleck says:

“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.”

A search is now underway for a new director. Affleck co-wrote the script with Geoff Johns and prep work has been underway ahead of filming this Summer. Rumors of Affleck departing the director’s chair began earlier this month.