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Ben Affleck is no longer directing The Batman


Another day, another problem with a DC comic book movie. Ben Affleck has stepped down as director from The Batman movie. However, he says that he will star in it and stay on as the producer.

Here is what Affleck had to say about the decision:

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.

Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is thought to be on the list of directors to take over the gig.

I wonder if the poor performance of Live by Night, the latest film Affleck directed at the box office, had anything to do with the decision? Adam loved that film and you can read his review here.

We will next see Affleck as Batman in the Justice League movie, which is due out in November.

This news comes on the heels of The Flash movie getting a page one re-write from Joby Harold, who worked on the upcoming King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword. The Ezra Miller starring movie lost its director last month. Rick Famuyiwa, who replaced previous director Seth Grahame-Smith back in June left the project, apparently over creative differences. Famuyiwa did a revision of the script that Grahame-Smith had written after work by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Now it is with Joby.

DC and Warner Bros. need to learn that these things shouldn’t be fixed with an extended cut for the Blu-ray release. They need to have a solid storyline (I mean these characters have been around for decades and there are so many amazing stories they could go with) and build from there, but it seems they just can’t keep things together.

I love these characters and I want to see them done well on the big screen. So far the films haven’t quite managed that. There have been problems with the plot in all the films and the characterisations of Batman and Superman have not been right. Don’t get me wrong, there have been moments in all the DC films that have been good, but that is all they have been – a series of moments. It seems that, Zack Snyder in particular, work on these moments and scenes that look cool and work brilliantly in the trailers, but when put all together it doesn’t work.

It seems Warner Bros. and DC just want to rush these things out with no overall plan.

Fingers crossed Justice League and Wonder Woman are good and that they manage to get everything sorted out for the next lot of films.

Source: Variety

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