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Ben Affleck drops out of directing Batman standalone movie

01.30.2017

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The thought of Ben Affleck directing, co-writing and starring in a standalone Batman film was certainly very exciting, especially considering the projects which Affleck had directed in the past, but it seems that it may have been too much of a good thing. Rumours of Affleck's possible departure from the director's chair have been popping up over the past several months and, despite finally confirming that he would be helming the film just weeks ago, it seems that the movie will indeed need a new director. Although he will still obviously be starring in the film, Ben Affleck released a statement today which announced that he would be stepping down as director.

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. followed up by saying that the studio "fully supports Ben Affleck's decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life." These types of movies are always a massive undertaking, and although it's something Ben Affleck has done before, pulling double duty can sometimes prove to be too much, and with so much on the line, it's only natural that Affleck and Warner Bros. would want the very best for the film. One of THR's insiders added that it's possible that the poor box-office performance of Affleck's recent LIVE BY NIGHT caused the actor to rethink his approach to the Batman flick, but Variety, who broke the news, say that this isn't the case. Variety also says that the search for a new director is on and that Matt Reeves (WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES) is one of several being considered for the job; Deadline adds that Matt Ross (CAPTAIN FANTASTIC) is on the list as well. Ben Affleck's next appearance as Bruce Wayne/Batman will be in JUSTICE LEAGUE which is due to hit theaters on November 16, 2017.

With Affleck out, who would you like to see directing the standalone Batman film?

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9:43PM on 02/01/2017

Smart Move By Ben

He knows the direction these movies are going is shit. He is obligated by contract to be in the movie, but doesn't also wan't to be responsible to direct the piece of shit. I was hoping this would be the first halfway decent flick from the DCEU, but it appears it's is one of the biggest, shittiest, expanded universes ever created. I miss Nolan.
He knows the direction these movies are going is shit. He is obligated by contract to be in the movie, but doesn't also wan't to be responsible to direct the piece of shit. I was hoping this would be the first halfway decent flick from the DCEU, but it appears it's is one of the biggest, shittiest, expanded universes ever created. I miss Nolan.
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2:09AM on 02/01/2017
"Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give."
Oh, but the other movies you directed, and starred in, didn't? Do that's why you were in them?
"Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give."
Oh, but the other movies you directed, and starred in, didn't? Do that's why you were in them?
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5:42PM on 01/31/2017
And there goes the one remaining ray of hope that this wouldn't be complete crap.
And there goes the one remaining ray of hope that this wouldn't be complete crap.
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12:31AM on 02/01/2017
Right, cuz there are NO other good directors out there!
Right, cuz there are NO other good directors out there!
5:00PM on 01/31/2017

Disappointing

This is disappointing, though Matt Reeves seems like a solid choice. Sounds like Affleck will still be heavily involved with producing and writing, at least, and the DCEU problems so far have been more in the screenplays than the direction.
This is disappointing, though Matt Reeves seems like a solid choice. Sounds like Affleck will still be heavily involved with producing and writing, at least, and the DCEU problems so far have been more in the screenplays than the direction.
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3:34PM on 01/31/2017

Reboot!

Justice league just feels bad already just looking at. I'm not excited much about all the franchises. I think their best bet would be to use the Flash from TV right now and build from that. Get a Wonder Woman that looks like an Amazon warrior and not a stick. Why is Batman an owl? or Ben Affleck? Why does the flash look like C3P0? Somebodys trying to hard to be different and is sucking it.
Justice league just feels bad already just looking at. I'm not excited much about all the franchises. I think their best bet would be to use the Flash from TV right now and build from that. Get a Wonder Woman that looks like an Amazon warrior and not a stick. Why is Batman an owl? or Ben Affleck? Why does the flash look like C3P0? Somebodys trying to hard to be different and is sucking it.
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3:11PM on 01/31/2017

So close

Ben would have been the first actor to star in (as main character not supporting like Jon Favreau) AND direct a superhero movie. I guess we have to keep waiting til that day.

For the director who can take over; Just get Terence Malik, or better yet Tarsem Singh if they're going for the snooze-inducing, trippy dream/flashback sequences, type-of - tone.
Ben would have been the first actor to star in (as main character not supporting like Jon Favreau) AND direct a superhero movie. I guess we have to keep waiting til that day.

For the director who can take over; Just get Terence Malik, or better yet Tarsem Singh if they're going for the snooze-inducing, trippy dream/flashback sequences, type-of - tone.
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1:45PM on 01/31/2017

Or get Mel Gibson to direct

But i would like Mel to do everything at the moment.
But i would like Mel to do everything at the moment.
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1:41PM on 01/31/2017

Dont care

As long as they get a very good replacement. Matt reeves is oke and like someone else said, Gareth Evans (not edwards) would be an excellent choice.
As long as they get a very good replacement. Matt reeves is oke and like someone else said, Gareth Evans (not edwards) would be an excellent choice.
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12:58PM on 01/31/2017
But he's still committed to writing it?
I don't think there's more to this here. I just think WB has a ton on the line to make this film work.
But he's still committed to writing it?
I don't think there's more to this here. I just think WB has a ton on the line to make this film work.
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11:15AM on 01/31/2017
Not a problem at all, I think Affleck is way too serious and classic for the kind of Marvelesque universe DC is aiming (at least now that BvS was so divisive). Matt Reeves for Batman, the guy for Lego Batman for The Flash. Also call Rupert Wyatt (the other director of the great Apes saga) for any other DC movie. And Miller for MoS2. In the process of the MCU Marvel lost directors (Whedon, Jenkins, Wright), change actors (Norton, Terrence Howard) and made horrible movies (Thor, Iron man 2,
Not a problem at all, I think Affleck is way too serious and classic for the kind of Marvelesque universe DC is aiming (at least now that BvS was so divisive). Matt Reeves for Batman, the guy for Lego Batman for The Flash. Also call Rupert Wyatt (the other director of the great Apes saga) for any other DC movie. And Miller for MoS2. In the process of the MCU Marvel lost directors (Whedon, Jenkins, Wright), change actors (Norton, Terrence Howard) and made horrible movies (Thor, Iron man 2, Incredible Hulk). Also Natalie Portman and Idris Elba criticize the studio. But people tend to forget such things... and now Marvel is the big thing. And I really enjoyed MoS and BvS, but hated Suicide Squad, and that movie still made almost 800 million without China. Because only 0,00001 % of the people in the world are takin about DC problems on the internet, the rest just go to the cinemas and pay for to see a fun movie. So stop overreacting people!
Stop overreacting
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10:32AM on 01/31/2017
Well, Queue Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence for Ben Affleck.
Well, Queue Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence for Ben Affleck.
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9:58AM on 01/31/2017
I like Ben Affleck the director much more than I like Ben Affleck the actor. I understand why he wouldn't want to do it (producing, directing AND starring in a film that requires him to do a lot of stunts in an uncomfortable suit would be taxing physically) but it doesn't change the fact that WB really needs good directors for their superhero films. I have faith in Jenkins but Affleck was more of a sure thing.
I like Ben Affleck the director much more than I like Ben Affleck the actor. I understand why he wouldn't want to do it (producing, directing AND starring in a film that requires him to do a lot of stunts in an uncomfortable suit would be taxing physically) but it doesn't change the fact that WB really needs good directors for their superhero films. I have faith in Jenkins but Affleck was more of a sure thing.
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9:42AM on 01/31/2017
Fiiiinnccherrr !!!!
Fiiiinnccherrr !!!!
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11:02AM on 01/31/2017
And that would be an awesome choice!
And that would be an awesome choice!
9:39AM on 01/31/2017
[link]!!!!!
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8:24AM on 01/31/2017
Maybe we should see what happens with Justice League first before going headlong to another Batman movie. Affleck look badass, but there's little we've seen so far that would make us care more about this particular Batman. That said, I think George Miller would be a perfect replacement director for Affleck. Babe was an amazing film.
Maybe we should see what happens with Justice League first before going headlong to another Batman movie. Affleck look badass, but there's little we've seen so far that would make us care more about this particular Batman. That said, I think George Miller would be a perfect replacement director for Affleck. Babe was an amazing film.
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7:48AM on 01/31/2017
While this is disappointing I understand why he wouldn't want to take the full load of the film on his shoulders. It would have been great to see a Batman film directed by Ben but we aint getting that. Now I'm kinda getting exciting about what director they're going to get cause you know every director in Hollywood is going to want to do this film.
While this is disappointing I understand why he wouldn't want to take the full load of the film on his shoulders. It would have been great to see a Batman film directed by Ben but we aint getting that. Now I'm kinda getting exciting about what director they're going to get cause you know every director in Hollywood is going to want to do this film.
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2:11AM on 01/31/2017
David Muthafuckin' Fincher.
David Muthafuckin' Fincher.
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2:10AM on 01/31/2017
Tom Ford. Long shot, but a slick as fuck Batman film would be amazing. Just watch Nocturnal Animals. That dark and brooding tone would be perfect for a Batman film. Plus so much style!
Tom Ford. Long shot, but a slick as fuck Batman film would be amazing. Just watch Nocturnal Animals. That dark and brooding tone would be perfect for a Batman film. Plus so much style!
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2:08AM on 01/31/2017
Well, I'm disappointed he's not directing. Guess he's getting sick of people asking him how his Batman movie coming along.
Well, I'm disappointed he's not directing. Guess he's getting sick of people asking him how his Batman movie coming along.
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1:28AM on 01/31/2017
Too bad the shots of him directing in costume would've been cool.
But I'm sure his last directorial effort not doing well may have made him think twice about doing it.
I think it'll still be considered his picture with a director picked on working well with Affleck.
Too bad the shots of him directing in costume would've been cool.
But I'm sure his last directorial effort not doing well may have made him think twice about doing it.
I think it'll still be considered his picture with a director picked on working well with Affleck.
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12:37AM on 01/31/2017
That's not a good sign.
That's not a good sign.
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12:29AM on 01/31/2017

Gareth Edwards!!

It really sucks loosing Ben as the director, but i just think he is experiencing some kind of fatigue! He has been working none stop and i believe both the studios and him realized that maybe it was for the best let someone take the reigns or at least help him. If you saw live by night, the movie felt a little bit unfocused in my opinion.. Gareth Edwards for the win! We know he can handle the presure and a 100mil plus production!!
It really sucks loosing Ben as the director, but i just think he is experiencing some kind of fatigue! He has been working none stop and i believe both the studios and him realized that maybe it was for the best let someone take the reigns or at least help him. If you saw live by night, the movie felt a little bit unfocused in my opinion.. Gareth Edwards for the win! We know he can handle the presure and a 100mil plus production!!
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8:27AM on 01/31/2017
Good choice but I was thinking about another Gareth....Gareth Evans. Imagine a Batman film in the style of the Raid. Throw Ben's batman with a bunch of his Villains in Arkham and voila you got one kick as film.
Good choice but I was thinking about another Gareth....Gareth Evans. Imagine a Batman film in the style of the Raid. Throw Ben's batman with a bunch of his Villains in Arkham and voila you got one kick as film.
9:26AM on 01/31/2017
That's not a bad idea at all..
That's not a bad idea at all..
12:16AM on 01/31/2017

And there Goes my Hope of getting even one good film out of this DCU Mess!

If I dared hope that this thing was salvagable I would probably go with David Fincher as a replacement. It really depends on what kind of film they want to make. If thye want to make it creepy and suspensful go with Fincher, If they to do something more out there in the vien of Grant Moorison go with Aranofski.
If I dared hope that this thing was salvagable I would probably go with David Fincher as a replacement. It really depends on what kind of film they want to make. If thye want to make it creepy and suspensful go with Fincher, If they to do something more out there in the vien of Grant Moorison go with Aranofski.
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4:57PM on 01/31/2017
You don't like Matt Reeves?
You don't like Matt Reeves?
5:45PM on 01/31/2017
I like him fine. In fact I would be thrilled If it were him as I'd love to see him do something not involving apes again. I'm just making other suggestions. Again it really depends on what type of Batman film they wan't to do.
I like him fine. In fact I would be thrilled If it were him as I'd love to see him do something not involving apes again. I'm just making other suggestions. Again it really depends on what type of Batman film they wan't to do.
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11:54PM on 01/30/2017

Daaaaaaang

My reaction to this all depends on who they get to replace him. If Matt Reeves took over, I'd be pretty dang happy. If they give us someone like Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) or Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) just because they're "a comic book guy" then I will be very, very sad.
My reaction to this all depends on who they get to replace him. If Matt Reeves took over, I'd be pretty dang happy. If they give us someone like Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) or Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) just because they're "a comic book guy" then I will be very, very sad.
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11:10PM on 01/30/2017
I have a feeling this is going to be one of those situations where Ben is still going to be very much in control. He'll make most of the decisions and whoever they choose will just execute those decisions.
I have a feeling this is going to be one of those situations where Ben is still going to be very much in control. He'll make most of the decisions and whoever they choose will just execute those decisions.
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10:03PM on 01/30/2017
Well, this is disappointing, but not surprising. WB has seemed to be rushing this solo Batman film for a while now, b/c Batman is their big money maker. Affleck will be busy with 2 Justice League films and other projects I'm sure, so asking him to star in and direct a big-budget Batman movie would be too much for anyone to handle. I'm sure Live By Night not living up to expectations also didn't help matters.
Batman is my favorite superhero, but I feel he's been over-exposed right now. DC
Well, this is disappointing, but not surprising. WB has seemed to be rushing this solo Batman film for a while now, b/c Batman is their big money maker. Affleck will be busy with 2 Justice League films and other projects I'm sure, so asking him to star in and direct a big-budget Batman movie would be too much for anyone to handle. I'm sure Live By Night not living up to expectations also didn't help matters.
Batman is my favorite superhero, but I feel he's been over-exposed right now. DC should focus on the Green Lantern reboot and Man of Steel 2 first, and give Affleck time to prepare a Batman movie at a much later date.
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9:51PM on 01/30/2017

I'm okay with this

Affleck seemed hesitant about making this from the get go because he likes to take his time. WB only cares about money, which is unfortunate, so I'm glad Affleck opted to focus more on giving a good performance over sacrificing attaching himself to writing and directing duties that he knew he couldn't fulfill. At this point, I would love to see Duncan Jones or Darren Aronofsky. However, my dream director would be David Fincher or Denis Villeneuve.
Affleck seemed hesitant about making this from the get go because he likes to take his time. WB only cares about money, which is unfortunate, so I'm glad Affleck opted to focus more on giving a good performance over sacrificing attaching himself to writing and directing duties that he knew he couldn't fulfill. At this point, I would love to see Duncan Jones or Darren Aronofsky. However, my dream director would be David Fincher or Denis Villeneuve.
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9:40PM on 01/30/2017

Live by Night killed the studios enthusiasm.

Since Live by Night tanked, the studio didn't want to pay him his usual directing salary since he just lost them a ton of $$. I was actually looking forward to him directing but now I couldn't care less about this movie.
Since Live by Night tanked, the studio didn't want to pay him his usual directing salary since he just lost them a ton of $$. I was actually looking forward to him directing but now I couldn't care less about this movie.
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9:38PM on 01/30/2017
This is AWFUL news. There was no other DCEU film I was looking forward to (other than Justice League) more than this next Batman film due the fact that Affleck would not only be writing, producing, and acting in it, but directing as well. He completely nailed the duality of both Bruce Wayne, and Batman better than any other actor who has played the character before (just my opinion) in Dawn of Justice, and I was really excited to see him direct himself based off his first four directorial
This is AWFUL news. There was no other DCEU film I was looking forward to (other than Justice League) more than this next Batman film due the fact that Affleck would not only be writing, producing, and acting in it, but directing as well. He completely nailed the duality of both Bruce Wayne, and Batman better than any other actor who has played the character before (just my opinion) in Dawn of Justice, and I was really excited to see him direct himself based off his first four directorial films. This seriously sucks because there is no other director I want for this new Batman film than Affleck.
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9:38PM on 01/30/2017

He Sucks

Ben Sucks, just look at his history, his last movie tanked. Batman deserves better,
Ben Sucks, just look at his history, his last movie tanked. Batman deserves better,
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11:37AM on 01/31/2017
Four movies directed, three of them being home runs and one of them winning a best picture oscar. Yeah, he sucks.
Four movies directed, three of them being home runs and one of them winning a best picture oscar. Yeah, he sucks.
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9:37PM on 01/30/2017

live by nigth debacle.

but if he thinks is the best....
but if he thinks is the best....
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