Despite the assurance only last year of an upcoming Batman film starring Ben Affleck, directed by Affleck himself, it is now confirmed that he will no longer direct the film.
According to Wired, Affleck announced that “performing this role demands focus, passion, and the very best performance [he] can give,” and that it has “become clear that [he] cannot do both jobs to the level they require.”
Affleck made the statement in late January, and as of early February, it was mentioned that “Matt Reeves is in early talks of to take over directing duties after Ben Affleck,” reported Variety.
Matt Reeves, director of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” shared his excitement for the creation of the film by noting that he has always admired “the Batman stories since [he] was a child,” and that he is “incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen,” recalled Collider, an entertainment news site.
Due to Affleck’s lack of quick response to the confirmation of the new director, rumors spread across the online media, such as Twitter and other news sites that Affleck would no longer have any involvement in the creation of Batman, meaning he would no longer star as the title character either.
However this rumor was soon dropped after the image and caption Ben affleck posted on Twitter, welcoming Matt Reeves “to the Batcave.