Variety broke the news that Ben Affleck, who is starring and co-writing The Batman (with Geoff Johns) will no longer be the sole director of the film.
No director was announced, but Matt Reeves name was in the article as being on the shortlist. Ben Affleck did make it clear that he felt the film deserved a full focus on both acting and directing for the film, so he will collaborate with another director to get the job done at its fullest.
“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 studio also made a statement showing full support on this decision:
“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 a statement.
This is actually great news as many back and forth has been going on in the last month, so this will cut the pressure on Affleck. Keep in mind though that Affleck is still very much in part of the creative process.
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