Ben Affleck no longer directing The Batman

Speaking to The Associated Press in December, Affleck said he was taking his time with the script for Batman, which he called an “exhilarating” challenge, “like jumping out of an airplane”.”There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions”, Affleck said in a statement.In a statement, Affleck said, “It has become clear that I can not do both jobs to the level they require”.According to The Hollywood Reporter, 44 year-old Affleck, who was set to both star in and helm the project, was quite passionate about it, but had to leave the director’s chair, as he believed he is not able to give his cent percent to both jobs.Deadline initially said: “Affleck, who most recently helmed Live by Night, wrote the script with Geoff Johns, though there is room for a rewrite”.The status of the Batman movie now is it’s still looking for a director with names surfacing as possibly contenders to include: Matt Reeves, Matt Ross, George Miller, Gavin O’Connor and Denis Villeneuve. Together with the studio, I have made a decision to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film.Variety is reporting that Ben Affleck has stepped down as director of The Batman to focus primarily on the strenuous role of Batman.His statement continued: “I am still in this, and we are making it”.Joe Manganiello has been attached to play Slade Wilson/Deathstroke with Jeremy Irons reprising his role as Alfred and J.K. Simmons joining the DCU as Gordon. The Batman standalone doesn’t yet have an official title or release date, but it was tentatively pegged for 2018.Affleck made his debut as the superhero for Warner Bros last summer in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which received mixed reviews from critics.Affleck’s next run as Batman will come in November’s Justice League, which sees the hero paired up with Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the Flash.