This week Ben Affleck confirmed he would no longer be directing The Batman stand-alone movie. He still remains attached to star and produce. In his statement he claimed that he did not think he could do it justice by sharing the roles.
Here’s the full statement via Variety
“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.”
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This is an interesting statement given it was just two weeks ago, Affleck went on Jimmy Kimmel and confirmed he was still directing The Batman, despite alluding to the contrary three weeks ago. I believe that if he truly felt that he could not direct this movie he would have pulled out a long time ago. He has shot two movies as Batman, filmed the Accountant and Gone Girl as well as star and direct Live By Night so he is well aware of the stress of taking on the role of actor and director. It sounds like the same issues the other former DCEU Directors experienced, creative differences with the studio. Affleck now joins a large list of men and women who had been attached to direct a DC movie but went on to leave the project.
Ben Affleck had previously claimed that he would only direct The Batman if the script was good, which was a bizarre statement to make since he was writing the script with DC writer Geoff Johns. Days after his departure from as director, a new version of the script was handed in from Chris Terrio, the writer for Argo, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the up coming Justice League. It could be that Affleck asked Terrio to help him with some part of the script or maybe Warner Brothers invited Terrio to fix what Affleck could not do. Take all the conspiracy theories aside Chris Terrio has won an Academy Award for his writing on Argo.
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This whole scenario has me really annoyed. I think Affleck was the best thing in Batman V Superman and is an extremely talented director. Whilst he is still playing I was really looking forward to what he would bring to the universe as director. Hopefully they find someone who can work well with Affleck to finally make a great DCEU movie.
Let me know who you think should be the next director for The Batman in the comments section.