Ben Affleck has decided to step down as the director of DC Extended Universe’s The Batman.

However, he will continue to star as Batman and will produce the film.

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Affleck provides a 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.”

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

According to Variety, the studio is actively looking for new director and they currently have shortlisted War for the Planet of the Apes director, Matt Reeves and few others. We can expect an announcement very soon.

It stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, Jeremy Irons as Alfred and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

Written by Affleck and Geoff Johns.

The Batman is on track to begin shooting in spring 2017, an official release date is yet to be announced.

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