Ben Affleck has decided to step away from the Batman director’s chair for the upcoming standalone film to focus on playing Batman.
Variety is reporting that Affleck stepping down was a mutual agreement with Warner Bros. Ben goes on to say:
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.
Variety also reports the studio has a shortlist which includes War of the Planet of Apes director Matt Reeves.