It was announced today from Variety that Ben Affleck has decided not to direct the upcoming Batman film. He will stay on to star in the film. The decision came after Affleck realized that he could not handle both directing and starring duties, and wants to help in the search for that director.
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck released 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.”
Affleck first appeared in last year’s blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and made a small appearance in Suicide Squad, also from last year. He will next be seen as the Cape Crusader in Justice League which opens in November.