Ben Affleck has taken the decision to step down as director of the solo Batman film, but will stay on as a producer and of course be playing Batman himself. Affleck says he has come to this decision to allow him to focus on his performance as Batman and put all his focus and passion into it to give fans the Batman they want and deserve.
Following the very mixed reception of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad, I think it’s a brilliant move from Affleck to step out of the director’s chair and focus on his performance. Juggling both roles would definitely be no easy task, and Affleck clearly knows how much buzz around this film there is, as during his ‘Live by Night’ interviews that’s all people seemed interested in talking about, which must have been incredibly annoying for Affleck, who was trying to promote and talk about his new film, in which he directed and starred in.
Ben Affleck ‘s statement reads:
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “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.”
Twitter certainly hasn’t take to well to the news this morning, with many concerned over the future of ‘The Batman’ film and of course, the future of the DCEU. However, personally I think there is nothing to worry about as far as this film is concerned. Affleck will still be heavily involved in the film, aside from starring in it, and will no doubt work very closely with whichever director gets the job to ensure this film delivers. I don’t think there is anyone who wants to make this film as big of a success as possible more than Affleck does right now.
The solo ‘Flash’ film is also (still) director-less after both Seth Grahame-Smith and ‘Dope’ director, Rick Fumiyama both left the project due to ‘creative differences. There is currently no director named for this film, and fans are sceptical the film will release in 2018 as slated.
What are your thoughts on Affleck stepping aside? Is there a director you think would do a Batman film justice?