Ben Affleck steps down as ‘Batman’ director

Batman cover for the March issue of Empire Magazine
Batman cover for the March issue of Empire Magazine

Actor/writer/director Ben Affleck has dealt a potentially huge blow to fans by stepping down as director of the next ‘Batman’ film. The news first began to circulate after Variety published an article speculating that the actor had officially scaled back his role.

Surmising that Affleck would stay on as producer and of course star the news was quickly follow by an official statement:

“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.”

Studio Warner Bros. has since also released a brief statement:

“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life,”

At present the front running rumour for a new director is Matt Reeves of ‘War of the Planet of the Apes’ fame.

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By Neil Vagg

Neil is the GYCO Editorial Chief. He has a BA in Film & Tv and an MA in Scriptwriting; he currently works 9-5 as an office manager and 5-9 as a reviewer/web designer. He has been subscribing to comics for around nine years but has been reading them as long as he can remember. Favourite comics: Batman; Nightwing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and All New X-Men Favourite films: Batman (any apart from & Robin); Star Trek Generations, Underworld, Beetlejuice Favourite TV shows: Fringe; Buffy, Arrow, TBBT, Being Human UK and Star Trek TNG