The struggles at DC and Warner seem to keep piling up like a sports team with countless injuries. The mad scramble to find a director has now been included for Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film. The good news is that he will still star in the film as well as be a producer for all the DC films until further notice.
I can’t say there’s much shock in this news because of all the exhausting questions regarding the film’s script, production, and direction. Affleck’s Live By Night also didn’t gain positive critical reception nor good financial gain at the box office for Warner Brothers and I imagine the poor guy is just burned out.
Affleck gave a public statement and had this to say,
“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.”
If you think about his comments, it all makes sense, and isn’t the end of the world. Would we have liked to see Affleck’s directorial vision of the film? Sure, but it’s smart to put most of your energy into a specific area in order to create the best film you can. His search for a director won’t be that hard I imagine since it is a Batman film after all and Affleck will still be collaborating with that director on the film.
I know a lot of you haters don’t think Zack Snyder is great director, but what he did with Batman in Batman v Superman was not the problem. Since that’s likely not happening, a name Warner Brothers likes is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves who has proven to be a phenomenal story teller in the world of sci-fi/action/adventure which works with the stark nature of a Batman film.
With Reeve’s name brought up, I may actually be more excited about The Batman than I was with even Affleck’s name in the running.