It looks like The Batman will be looking for a new director as the man behind the cowl, Ben Affleck, has opted NOT to direct the solo effort that will be a part of the DC Cinematic Universe.
In an official statement, Affleck revealed the following:
“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.”
The good news is though Affleck will not be directing, he still has co-written the script with Geoff Johns, and will serve as producer in addition to returning to play the mid-fortyish Bruce Wayne and his alter ego.
Production on The Batman is scheduled for this summer for a 2018 release date.