The DC Extended Universe is looking for another director as Ben Affleck has dropped out the responsibility for the upcoming The Batman.
On the heels of The Flash losing multiple directors and getting delayed earlier this week, Affleck announced he won’t be pulling double duty as both Batman and director for the much-hyped Caped Crusader film. Affleck told Variety that though he’s committed to the project, the demanding role requires too much to direct the film as well as act in it.
“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.”
Affleck admitted this month he was tired of talking about the movie. He probably has some Batman fatigue, which isn’t great given that the project hasn’t even begun shooting.
It’s a bummer Affleck won’t be directing The Batman, but his reasoning is sound. There’s a ton of pressure to get the movie right, especially following the disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. If Affleck couldn’t pull off directing and acting, I don’t blame him for handing over some of the load to someone else.
Short-term it’s bad news, but long-term it’s probably for the best. We’ll see who ends up directing the film in Affleck’s place.