“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 who debuted phemomenally with cult appeal in Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice last year as The Dark Knight himself and cameoed in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, wrote the script with DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and was set to helm but will instead focus on playing the role for which he will reprise this November in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. In turn, a shortlist has already surfaced with director Matt Reeves of the upcoming War For The Planet Of The Apes being eyed as one of those in line for Warner Bros. Pictures to approach.
“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.”
Affleck and Johns are also producing with the actor joined by J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke.