Ben Affleck is having second thoughts about directing the Dark Knight’s standalone movie, and is announcing that he’ll star in the upcoming feature (as well as produce), but won’t be sitting in the director’s chair.
According to a statement from the Oscar-winner, his decision has little to do with his desire to direct, but with the realization that acting, starring and directing would possibly entail biting off more than he can chew.
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement to ET Canada. “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.”
According to a report in Variety, “sources say this decision was solely made based on what’s best for the project and had nothing to do with the recent disappointment of Affleck’s recent directing job ‘Live by Night’.”
Warner Bros. and Affleck, who co-wrote the script for the solo “Batman” movie, are reportedly now on the hunt for a director, with sources claiming there’s a shortlist, with “War for the Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves reportedly on it.
“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life,” a rep for Warner Bros. said in a statement.
Affleck will be seen as Batman later this year when “Justice League” hits theatres on Nov. 17.