Ben Affleck will no longer direct his solo Batman movie.
In a bombshell announcement Monday night, Affleck says he will continue to star in The Batman. But he has decided to step away from the director’s role, which was a joint decision with Warner Bros.
“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,” Affleck’s statement says.
“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 studio also released a statement, saying it “supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”
There have been mixed signals about Affleck taking the job as director since it was officially confirmed in July.