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Ben Affleck drops out of directing solo Batman film

Ben Affleck

Story by Jack Foley

BEN Affleck has withdrawn from directing his solo Batman film.

According to Variety, the actor felt that he wouldn’t be able to do the role justice if he was to take on the triple responsibility of acting in, producing and directing the vehicle.

In a statement, Affleck said: “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.”

He added: “I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director.”

Matt Reeves, whose War For The Planet of the Apes, is due to open this summer, is being touted as one possible replacement, given that he has enjoyed blockbuster hits already with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield.

Affleck first played Batman in the critically derided Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and was briefly seen in Suicide Squad – another DC comic adaptation that drew scathing reviews.

He will reprise his role a third time in this year’s Justice League, the DC superhero team movie due for release in November. Affleck has completed his work on that film, with production on The Batman due to start in spring for release in 2018.

The Batman will see Affleck’s caped crusader battling Joe Manganiello’s villain Deathstroke.

Affleck has also seen his latest directorial offering, the gangster drama Live By Night, struggle at the box office following more lukewarm reviews.

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