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.