Ben Affleck Steps Back From Directing Next ‘Batman’ Film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ben Affleck is no longer directing the Batman standalone movie for Warner Bros.

In a statement Monday, Affleck said it “has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require” and that he and the studio are looking for a new director.

(L-R) Ben Affleck AS 'Batman', Gal Gadot as 'Wonder Woman' & Henry Cavill as 'Superman' (credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

(L-R) Ben Affleck AS ‘Batman’, Gal Gadot as ‘Wonder Woman’ & Henry Cavill as ‘Superman’ (credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Affleck, who made his debut as the superhero for the studio last summer in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” had been attached to write and direct the Batman standalone movie for over a year.

The studio in a statement said that it “fully supports” his decision and “remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”

Warner Bros. this past fall lost another director in their DC Universe in Rick Famuyiwa who had been set for “The Flash.”

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