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Affleck departs Batman directing role

Ben Affleck

Though there were firm plans for to direct the next ‘Batman‘ movie, the actor has just confirmed he won’t be behind the camera…

Though current plans will see him continue to play the role of / in the DC-universe , released by Warner Bros., Ben Affleck has now confirmed he won’t be directing the planned solo-outing for his character. Industry-site Variety broke the news tonight that the actor will no longer be doing double-duty on the project – something that had been rumoured to be changing in recent weeks.

In a statement the actor said:

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.

Warner Bros. themselves also issued 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.

The studio will still move forward with plans – there is an existing script but it is acknowledged that there could be rewrites depending on who is selected to replace Affleck. One name mentioned is that of War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. Affleck had recently said the production was on track to film in the spring, though it is not known whether his decision to leave the director’s chair will push the start-date (and the subsequent 2018 release date).

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