Ben Affleck has decided to step down as director of the The Batman, according to Variety. In a statement, he explained that he would continue to play the part, but that he could not successfully do both jobs to the level required of them.
“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.”
Affleck has directed himself in The Town, Gone Baby Gone, and Argo. However, his most recent acting and directing effort, Live by Night, was panned by critics and failed miserably at the box office. It might have shaken his confidence.
A new director will be sought, and given the way that D.C. movies work, probably no extra time will be given, and the new director will be required to rush together a massive production in a limited time.