You can disagree if you want, but we strongly believe that the best part of the disaster that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was Ben Affleck as the Caped cCusader. He was no Christian Bale, but Affleck did bring something to a more war-weary older Bruce Wayne that we thoroughly enjoyed. Still, when Affleck announced that he would be taking on a solo Batman film he would be starring in and directing; we weren’t quite sure what to think.
With films like Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo under his belt Affleck has proven himself to be a formidable director. Still, taking on a superhero flick is a pretty big deal and it looks like he’s no longer up to the challenge.
Variety is reporting that Affleck has decided to step down as director of The Batman and remain on as a producer and star of the project.
Apparently, Affleck along with Warner Bros. came to the decision together. “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.”
Could this also have something to do with Affleck’s latest directing venture, Live by Night flopping? What do you think about Affleck backing away from directing The Batman? Let us know in the comments below.