Ben Affleck Quits Directing His Own Batman Movie

Monday, 30 January 2017 - 10:32PM
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Monday, 30 January 2017 - 10:32PM
Ben Affleck Quits Directing His Own Batman Movie
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For some time now, the hype around the Ben Affleck-helmed The Batman has been hindered by reports of delays and other Warner Bros. troubles. Now, sadly for us but most sadly for Affleck, he declared in a statement that he will no longer be directing the solo Batman film.

According to Variety, Affleck is giving up the director's chair after deciding there's simply too much on his plate right now. He can't do everything, of course, it's not like he's Batman. Here's his full statement:
Opening quote
 "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."
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Affleck is an Oscar-winning director with an often strong record (although not always), so it's disappointing news for what could've been a solid DCEU film that Warner Bros. needs if they want to start pleasing critics. He'll still be a major part of the film as a producer and star, so this isn't a departure from the film altogether. And barring any other huge changes, the script by Affleck and DC's Geoff Johns is still done and featuring Deathstroke as the villain.


There's no word yet on a new director to fill Affleck's shoes, although Matt Reeves of War For the Planet of the Apes is allegedly on the shortlist. While this could open the door to even more delays, it sounds like Warner Bros. still plans to get a solo Batfleck film made. And the fact that Affleck seems so enthusiastic about the project, even if he's no longer directing it, could still give the movie some charm when (if?) it eventually comes out.

In the meantime, Affleck will play Batman in Justice League, which has a much sturdier release date of November 17, 2017.
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