Ben Affleck won't direct The Batman

Ben Affleck won't direct The Batman

Ben Affleck will not direct 'The Batman' standalone movie.

The 44-year-old actor - who will play the titular role in the film - has confirmed someone else will be taking the helm of the movie so he can concentrate on giving the role of Batman the "passion" it deserves.

In a statement, he said: "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."

Whilst Warner Bros. added in their own statement: "Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck's decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life."

Ben - who will still produce the movie - is also working on the script and recently revealed they are "taking a little extra care" to make sure it is spot on.

He shared: "We're still working on the script, taking a little extra time and a little extra care to really get it right on paper first. But it's looking very good and I'm excited about it."

And understandably, the script is very important to Ben as he previously insisted he won't make the movie if the script isn't "good enough".

He said: "I'm still working on the script. I'm not going to write and direct anything that I don't think is good enough to be made. I'm definitely going to make sure I have something that is special -  there's not enough money in the world to make a mediocre version of Batman worth it."

'The Batman' is expected to be released in 2018.

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