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Ben Affleck has decided to step down as director of The Batman.

The actor will still play Bruce Wayne/Batman and continue to produce and co-write the project.

In a statement Affleck said:

“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.”

Warner Bros also issued a statement saying:

“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”

Now we just have to wait to see who takes the director’s chair.

You can catch Affleck as the caped crusader later this year in November’s Justice League.

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