Ben Affleck Won’t Be Directing ‘The Batman’ After All

Batman superfan Ben Affleck has abandoned his director’s chair for the sake of the forthcoming superhero film, The Batman.

Variety reports that Affleck will still star in the film as Batman and will remain on the crew as a producer. Sources close to the film say that Affleck and Warner Bros. came to the decision together while discussing how to “best make the film possible.”

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck says 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.”

Sources allege that this decision is not related to Affleck’s latest and highly criticized directing job on Live by Night.

“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life,” says the studio in a statement.

The project will now search for a new director. Among the alleged shortlist of prospective directors is War of the Planet of the Apes Matt Reeves. Chin up, Ben. You’ll get ‘em next time.