Ben Affleck will not direct the next 'Batman' movie: 'I cannot do both jobs'

Ben Affleck has announced that he will not be directing the upcoming standalone Batman movie, "The Batman," according to Variety.

This ends months of speculation that the current Dark Knight would not just be writing the script but helming the next major Warner Bros. release centered on the beloved DC Comics character.

"There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions," Affleck said in a statement to Variety. "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."

According to sources in the Variety story, Warner Bros. is in full support of Affleck's decision and it was not based on the recent box-office failure of his latest directing/starring effort, "Live by Night" (also released by Warner Bros.).

The search is now on for a new director, with reports having "War of the Planet of the Apes" director Matt Reeves at the top of the list.

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The Hollywood Reporter story on the Affleck news states that Affleck and Warner Bros. executives have been unhappy with the script for weeks. There is currently no release date yet for "The Batman."

Affleck played Batman in last year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad."

He will next put on the cape and mask for "Justice League," which opens in November.

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