Ben Affleck has stepped down as director of The Batman but will remain on as a producer and star of the solo film. He also co-wrote the script with Geoff Johns.
The decision is being called a mutual one between Affleck and Warner Bros.
“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.”
The star and the studio will now begin searching for a new director. War For the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is reportedly on the shortlist.
“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life,” the studio said a statement.
Affleck's next appearance at Batman will come in November 17's Justice League.