"It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require," Ben Affleck said as he quits his role as director of solo "Batman" movie.
According to Affleck, his decision to give up the role is based on his inability to effectively star as Batman and also helm the movie
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement.
“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.”
Reacting to Affleck's decision, Warner Bros. Pictures said, “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”
Ben Affleck’s debut movie as Batman “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” grossed over $785.8 million worldwide.
He will make his next appearance as the superhero in “Justice League: Part One,” which stars him alongside Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Amber Heard as Queen Mera and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
To be directed by Zack Snyder, the movie will debut in theaters on November 10, 2017.
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Affleck gained recognition as a writer in 1997, when he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay for "Good Will Hunting."
In 2012, he directed and starred in "Argo", which won him the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, and Directors Guild Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, the Producers Guild Award, the Academy Award for Best Picture.
A new director for the upcoming stand-alone "Batman" movie hasn't been announced.