The internet is reeling from the news released yesterday that Ben Affleck will NOT direct The Batman for Warner Bros. Fans were speculating that something was afoot when Affleck commented on the job in a curious fashion with:
Specifically, asked by The Guardian whether, as widely reported, he’s planning to direct as well as write and star, Affleck replied: “That’s the idea. But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.“
That curious comment was the first clear sign that Affleck was distancing himself from the directing job even after the announcement from the Warner Bros CEO himself when he first landed the gig in April of 2016.
The news is sure to cause concern for fans looking forward to Affleck directing the movie himself and the news follows the announcement of another director leaving a DC Cinematic project when ‘Dope’ director Rick Famuyiwa bailed on his Flash project forcing the film to start over at the script level.
Affleck will remain with the movie as a producer and star and seems committed to the project just short of directing it which, in all honesty, is shocking.
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions, 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.”
Ben Affleck experienced a Hollywood resurgence, (after starring a few bad films in the early 2000’s), and has been basing his career on releasing films that he writes, directs, and stars. It’s the reason WB was so keen to get him on board so that he could help course correct the DC films as Affleck not only releases films that receive critical praise, they tend to go on to be Oscar contenders… but it seems he’s met his match with The Dark Knight.