While Affleck will be staying in the cowl on set and will be producing The Batman, he will no longer be in the director’s chair.
With The Batman running into multiple issues with pre-production, including the lack of any dates for a finished script or to start production, Affleck has announced that he will stick to playing the caped crusader, co-writing the script, and producing the film.
Affleck 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. have backed Affleck’s decision, saying in 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.”
While it’s a blow to the production schedule, it’s probably a good thing this has happened before the film actually went into production - but the question remains of who might be able to take on the job. According to Variety, one of the potential candidates for the new director is supposedly Matt Reeves of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fame.
In the meantime, you can see Affleck’s Batman this November in Justice League.