By Travis Martin

@tjpm1994

1/31/2017

While Ben Affleck is still set to star as Batman, he may no longer be in charge of the standalone film. Variety reports that Affleck has stepped down as director for his Batman standalone film, currently titled “The Batman. Affleck is still starring, writing, and executive producing the project, but will hand the reins to someone else. Both Affleck and Warner Bros. are on good terms with this directing drop.

In a statement released to Variety, Affleck says, “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.”

Sources say that on the list of possible replacement directors include Matt Reeves, who is finishing edits on “War for the Planet of the Apes. Affleck and Geoff Johns are still working on the script for the film. Also starring in the film is J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Jim Gordon), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), and Joe Manganiello (Slade Wilson/Deathstroke). “The Batman” still does not have a set release date.