By Jay Hunter – After a turbulent few weeks regarding the status of Ben Afflecks The Batman, including script issues, the acclaimed director has allegedly left the directors chair. Affleck, who recently helmed critical and financial flop, Live by Night will stay on to produce, co-write and star in the movie, stating:
“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.”
It’s an admirable movie from Affleck, although there does seem to be more factors at play. Warner Bros went on to say ‘Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.’
The news certainly doesn’t help DC’s current predicament, but with rumours of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves (above) stepping into helm the project, we may still get a fantastic standalone Batman movie.