Ben Affleck to star & produce next Batman film

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is no longer directing the Batman standalone movie for Warner Bros but will star in and produce the film.

In a statement, Ben said it “has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require” and that he and the studio are looking for a new director.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Ben said in the statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give.”

Ben made his debut as the superhero for the studio last summer in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he had been attached to write and direct the Batman standalone movie for about a year.

Warner Bros and Ben have had a long-standing relationship. This past autumn alone, Ben made a cameo as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Suicide Squad, starred in The Accountant, and wrote, directed and starred in the period drama Live By Night.

Warner Bros has had a rocky start kicking off its expanded universe of DC Comics films. Both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad were savaged by critics, but they still managed to be decently profitable.

Ben will appear next as Batman in Justice League, which comes out on November 17. The Batman standalone doesn’t yet have an official title or release date, but it was tentatively pegged for 2018.

“I am still in this, and we are making it,” Ben’s statement continued. “I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

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