Ben Affleck No Longer Directing Batman

Ben Affleck has decided to step away from the director's chair of the standalone ‘Batman’ film. But the Oscar-winner will stay on the Batman movie as a producer and as the titular character.

 “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 commented in a statement: "Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life."

Warner Bros. and Affleck, who co-wrote the script for the solo movie, are reportedly looking for a director, with sources claiming ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ director Matt Reeves reportedly is one of the shortlisted favourites.

-Devashree Goenka