‘The Batman’ Loses Ben Affleck As Director

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Just under a month ago, Ben Affleck said the DCEU’s solo Batman feature rumored to be titled The Batman was not a set thing. Depending on what day you asked him, the film was either happening or it wasn’t. But now it seems Warner Bros. was not able to bring things together in a way that would foster a great film with Affleck at the helm. Variety has confirmed that Affleck will no longer be directing The Batman.

While Affleck is departing as the film’s director, he will remain on board as the Batman himself and serve as a producer of the film. Sources close to Variety said Affleck and the studio came to the decision together.

Affleck released a statement:

“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.”

The studio also released a statement expressing their support of Affleck’s decision and their commitment to work together to produce the film:

“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life”.

While the search for a new director begins, sources close to Variety have said that War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is on the shortlist to direct. Deadline has also reported that Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) on the shortlist as well.

As of now, the film does not have a release date.

Source: Variety

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV Reporter and the News Editor at Heroic Hollywood.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Is there anything else to say, but this is just a precursor to the inevitable: BATFLECK DROPS OUT OF THE BATMAN!
    dceu scrambles for replacement…On a sidenote, dceu’s no. 1 sycophant, sammy-rai is on suicide watch. FILM AT ELEVEN!

    BWAHAHAHA!

    • 39steps

      At this point, Sammy’s Marvel hatred/DC love posts have surpassed comedy to become a sublime form of performance art. Even he can spin this as a positive.

  • bingeit 45

    ben affleck not directing a movie
    omg freakout begins
    sky is falling
    there is no tomorrow
    end of world is nigh
    humanity is doomed

    • Axxell

      The joke is on the people who swore that the rumors about Ben dropping out were lies fabricated by Marvel or DC haters, and that they wouldn’t believe it until a credible source like Variety confirmed it.

      Well…You get what you ask for…

      • bingeit 45

        there were no rumors of him dropping out earlier just people speculating and he’s still involved just doesn’t want to do everything and it’s good for him , no point doing a thing he doesn’t have heart in

        • Axxell

          Rumors, speculation…doesn’t matter what you call it. Bottom line is they were proven true, even when the fanboys swore there was a conspiracy against WB/DC.

          • bingeit 45

            no there is difference between rumors and speculations
            eg – rumor is when people hear that movie sucks
            speculation is when people believe movie might suck due to certain reasons
            rumor is based on something creditable , speculation is guess work.
            Huge difference

          • Axxell

            Riiiight….the fact Affleck dropped out (just like the “speculation” said), was just a funny coincidence…

          • bingeit 45

            i never said it can’t turn out to be turn, people were speculating hillary would win how did that turn out? again there’s difference, now there will be articles why ben dropped out and unless someone has inside information all would be opinion pieces

          • Axxell

            Please tell me you’re not comparing the election to this…anyone who was paying attention in the days leading up to the election wasn’t “speculating” that she’d win…Just like anyone listening to Affleck’s non-committal answers on this was NOT surprised by his announcement.

            Like I said, only the people in deep denial were taking the reports of Ben possibly dropping out as an attack from “anti-DC” haters.

          • bingeit 45

            again there were no reports of him dropping out only speculations, there’s difference between reading between the lines and substantial reports. Now if there are articles in which people speculate that ben affleck dropped out cause justice league sucks it will be speculations and if JL truly sucks you can’t say that there were reports that it’s bad cause these are not reports but guess work and i don’t care about marvel or DC , nerds have lost their minds fighting with strangers defending superheros like their lives depend upon it and world’s gonna change if certain movies don’t work out, i am not defending any company my original comment was how people loose their minds on trivial things but it became something else in follow comments

          • Axxell

            Stop replying twice, please.

          • bingeit 45

            new speculation by mark hughes (forbes) and he says that it’s a speculation and not on confirmed report that armie hammer might replace affleck as batman. It’s possible that in next few days other sites will pick up on this and run their stories and this will turn into news and if it happens people will say that there were already reports of it but you will know better difference between speculation and report

          • Axxell

            You basically saying that every time someone says something is gonna happen and it does, it’s just pure coincidence…You’re in deep denial.

          • bingeit 45

            well i don’t think i said that speculations can’t turn out to be true especially when there are only 2 options. Given the past record of dceu let me speculate that justice league is going to be bad and if it turns out to be true it’s just me applying logic given past evidence but at the end of the day it’s just my guess work and not based on any inside report or something. Just do some research there have been so many stories regarding every comic book movie and most turn out to be rubbish.
            My whole point is just this simple thing and i have no dog in this fight, i have never read a single comic book movie in my life and have no personal interest whether dceu is success or failure. Hope this clears

          • Axxell

            Only that this was not people speculating on “past record” or guess work; this was based on Affleck’s own responses to questions about it. Ben, the guy at the center himself, wouldn’t commit to directing Batman when asked about it…and you’re telling me the rumors about his departure from the chair were “not from credible sources”?

          • bingeit 45

            are we destined to discuss it to infinity?

          • Axxell

            This is how a discussion works; if I disagree with you, I give the reasons why. If you’re not convinced, you present a counterargument with reasons why you think those arguments are wrong. If you agree with me, discussion over. If you disagree but don’t know how to argue the point or in this case, concerned about the length of the discussion, just stop commenting.

          • bingeit 45

            at some stage one has to agree to disagree and i think we are there

          • Axxell

            That’s OK… Just leave the discussion and don’t complain about the length of the discussion by commenting and making it longer… Good day.

  • SAMURAI36

    I’ll admit that this is unfortunate. But not the biggest deal. Affleck is still in the role, is still involved with the script, and is still exec-producing.

    • henryducard

      He’s probably going to end up being more of a codirector to whoever he chooses to direct. He’s never done a film this big budget with the blockbuster effects and everything while writing and playing a leading role so it doesn’t seem to be a very big deal he admitted he needs help.

      • SAMURAI36

        Agreed. More over, I applaud him for standing his ground, and demanding no less than excellence, both for himself as well as for the film.

        I just hate the PR mess this announcement causes. Still, DC has shown that it can weather storms like this in the past.

        • JMMagwood

          Not sure why I have this feeling, but steel yourself. I’m not going to be surprised if Affleck bails on the project in sometime after “Justice League” premieres. His recent film projects haven’t been well received, and he may be second guessing himself as a filmmaker again. Sad, if my thoughts are accurate, because he was fantastic in “Batman V Superman.”

          • SAMURAI36

            First, welcome back!! Are you on Twitter at all? I thought I found you on there, but the account I found hasn’t been active in years.

            Second, I’m really hoping you’re wrong on this. The fact that he’s still actively involved in the film speaks highly of it.

          • JMMagwood

            Thanks! I tried Twitter for awhile a few years back, but it wasn’t my thing. I don’t do the social media thing.

            I hope I’m wrong too, but they guys known to be a bit volatile in his career. He seems a bit loopy, generally. Sure loved his Batman, though. My comments are more about him, and not the state of the DCEU.

          • SAMURAI36

            Yeah, I’m really trying to make something “happen” with Twitter, but I’m with you, in that I’m not a social media guy either. We’ll see how it goes.

            I guess we’ll have to see about Affleck, though. The news certainly doesn’t sound as bad as people are trying to make it, though.

          • JNAZ

            I can be wrong but if i remember correctly they have Ben signed all the way to at least JL2. If i can have 4 batfleck films (BvS, JL1, The Batman, and JL2), I’d be totally satisfied with that. They can recast or kill-off (which I highly doubt) batman after JL2. Hopefully the DCEU will be well established by then and will survive without Ben Affleck, pretty much how Marvel can now move on without RDJ if they wanted to.

          • JMMagwood

            Agreed.

          • Marquis de Sade

            MAGGIE, YOU’RE BACK!

          • JMMagwood

            Yup.

        • JNAZ

          Expect an ultra positive DCEU news drop within a week. WB needs to counter all the negativity of the flash rewrite and now this. I’m calling Black Adam/Shazam news. Maybe casting news for Green Lantern?

          • SAMURAI36

            Either one (or even BOTH!!) would be awesome!!

      • batghost

        Guaranteed that Affleck drops out as Batman too. Just wait. I’m not trying to gloat or ruffle feathers, I thought he was a good Batman. I just think this is his way of peeling off the band-aid slowly. He drops out as director, after JL underperforms – he drops out. We will never see a solo “Bat-Fleck” movie

    • Fenix

      Polish that turd!

    • Axxell

      This is really damning, especially for a studio that supposedly prides itself in the freedom they afford their directors.

      In reality, it’s just another symptom of WB’s poor planning. They should’ve stuck to their plan with the Superman movies and left the whole cinematic universe card for another day, instead of trying to follow the MCU.

    • Axxell
    • Origami Rose

      you should have Kellyanne Conways job

      • SAMURAI36

        Says the guy that believes every “alternative fact” he can get his hands on about DC? Try again.
        Besides, didn’t you hear? Trump is a Marvel man. The CEO of Marvel works for/with him.

  • SAMURAI36

    Apparently, Matt Reeves is rumored to be the next choice for the film.

  • Napi

    Wait for it, wait for it…!

    • SAMURAI36

      LOL. Yeah, I’m sure the trolls are climbing from under the bridge as we speak.

  • Carl

    Wow! After all the back and forth ending with Ben on Kimmel’s show saying he was doing it now this comes out.

    It’s just been all bad news for the DCEU lately. Blow it all up.

  • Joseph Chaisson

    ???????

  • RNG

    Cant help but think this is based on the disappointing numbers for Live By Night. I agree with the move. His record as a director appears to better when he’s not in the movie, and we definitely dont want to lose him as Batman.

  • Rob

    Affleck has been saying he has been struggling with the script for a while and won’t direct a substandard Batman. Sounds like the script is not going to be up to his standards and he is bailing on directing.

    • Axxell

      Yeah, I don’t know how anyone could be surprised by these news…

  • Origami Rose

    wonder woman is a mess, flash page one rewrite and now this it’s a rough month for the dceu.

    • Marquis de Sade

      When is it NOT a rough month for dceu?

      BWAHAHAHA!

    • SAMURAI36

      Where did you get that WW is a mess from? Except from that false Collider reveal?

      • Axxell

        After declaring that the rumor about Affleck dropping out was false, I believe you’ve lost all credibility (if you ever had any…)

      • Origami Rose

        I’m not trying to convince anyone i know for a fact it’s a mess. You can believe whatever you want to believe. Collider is your only new source? thats sad.

        • SAMURAI36

          You have me mixed up with someone who only believes false internet rumors. Like, you know…. You.

          I didn’t say I go by Collider. I don’t like them at all. I asked YOU where YOU got that from. You didn’t answer, even though I already know where it came from. But you deflected, because you don’t wanna expose your bias.

          But never mind the FACT that the director has already come forward & stated that there have been absolutely NO screenings for the film yet, so that “WW is a mess” rumor is a LIE. One that you & others were all too happy to believe.

          So good job with those #alternativefacts. That’ll get you far in life.

  • J Cesar Chavez

    My respects for Ben for putting all that energy into his character. I know the movies are not that strong, but I can appreciate all he has done. It is good that he is steeping aside as director, so things get their proper attention

  • Bruce Norris

    “Cold feet”.

  • DefJ123 the Deplorable

    While a shame, I’d rather he focus on his role as Batman and not on the directors chair. Affleck is by far the best batman yet…

  • Marquis de Sade

    Rumor has it, DR. UWE BOLL is on wb/dceu’s short list to helm the batman.

  • Math

    Ugh… I’d have rather he dropped out of acting and stay as a director. I’m not a big fan of Ben the actor but I’m a huge fan of Ben the director. I think he chose the wrong job.

    • SAMURAI36

      You may feel that way, but the majority of the audience doesn’t. They (myself included) don’t really care who males the film, more so than who carries the role.

      • Math

        You are probably right. I’m just saying that given the choice, I would have preferred to see Ben Affleck directing someone else playing Batman then seeing someone else directing Ben Affleck as Batman.

        But the more I think about it, nothing says Affleck won’t direct a Batman movie somewhere down the line. I could see Ben directing someone younger telling a Batman story that happened before he met Superman. He could take all the time he needs to get that project set-up properly, so less pressure to get this project rolling.

        I think Ben wanted more time to do it just right where WB just wanted to get a Batman movie out in theaters ASAP. In these circumstances, finding someone else to bring in new ideas and split the workload to get the project done faster is the right thing to do. Afflect is probably still going to be highly involved in the directing process anyway. He might not get credited for it, but they’ll surely try to find someone who compliments his vision well so they can work together. This could be a very good thing.

        I’m still disappointed that I won’t get that Ben Affleck directed Batman movie, but if they find the right director for the job, we could still get something as good if not better then what Affleck would have made. We could end up with something much worst too, but hey, let’s see what they do before jumping to conclusions. I’m still excited about all the possibilities.

        • SAMURAI36

          Agreed, to all points. Especially about Affleck possibly directing one of the sequels at some point.

  • Darthmanwe

    Well…..

    Look, I’m starting to get sick of this. If you cannot pull off a universe, stop trying to pull it off and just let people make their own movies. I’m already very angry about the state of the Flash movie, this only adds fuel to the fire. Mind you, this is coming from someone who loved both MoS and BvS.

    • SAMURAI36

      That’s because you’re buying into the negativity. I continue to point out, that Marvel had just as many issues (if not more) when they first started out, & NOBODY complained about that, nor do they seem to bring it up in comparison.
      People can’t seem to get past their bias when it comes to this. I understand only wanting to see the final result, but growing pains have to be taken into consideration for an undertaking as huge as this.
      I personally am not worried.

      • batghost

        that is entirely untrue

      • Axxell

        Yeah, you gotta give this upstart Warner Brothers studio a chance to have growing painsit’s not like they’ve been making movies for decades like that other Marvel Studios…right?