Ben Affleck stepped down as the director of the upcoming solo Batman film last night – releasing the following statement:
“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.”
No big deal, right? He will still stay on as the star and as the producer.
Well, now, Mark Hughes of Forbes is reporting that there’s a chance Affleck could also leave the film entirely:
“Unfortunately, among the things I heard about his departure as director, I heard a few specifics that — if true — lead me to worry there is at least a chance Affleck could also walk away from starring in the picture. I don’t feel those concerns are as likely to bear fruit, and I still expect Affleck will finish the screenplay as planned and then start prepping for the role by getting into “Batman shape” to ensure he’s physically and mentally prepared for the role. That said, I do believe there’s a chance now that Affleck could depart the project as an actor, winding up merely serving as cowriter and producer.”
I ultimately don’t see this happening – as it wouldn’t really make much sense. Leaving the role of director is one thing, but this is an entirely different one.
From a fan’s perspective – I really hope he doesn’t leave the role. I personally thought that he was the best Batman that we’ve had.
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