Ben wasn't just the actor, but also the director and producer of the Warner Bros. movie until recently, when he took his exit as the film's director.
Affleck remains on board to portray Bruce Wayne/Batman and co-wrote the script with DC Films co-head Geoff Johns. It has become clear that I can not do both jobs to the level they require.
Ben Affleck has been very busy with "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", "The Accountant", and "Live by Night".
But there's still a light at the end of the tunnel for the Dark Knight's solo outing, because director Matt Reeves is in talks to fill Affleck's empty seat in the director's chair. The only director known to be on the shortlist for now is Matt Reeves, who directed the hit War for the Planet of the Apes. Matt Reeves might be the closest thing to the level of that as he has proven he can produce artful smart films while working on big blockbuster films in the studio system.
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Reeves is now wrapping up War for the Planet of the Apes, due in theatres this July.
The Batman is not expected to get a release until 2019. Aside from Ben Affleck playing the Caped Crusader, Joe Manganiello has been cast to play the villain Deathstroke, with J.K. Simmons playing Commissioner Gordon and Jeremy Irons returning to play Alfred.
No release date has been confirmed for The Batman, but we'd expect to see it some time in 2018. Hopefully we'll know more soon.
Superhero movies in particular are always subject to overwhelming scrutiny, but there certainly seems to be a good amount of chaos going on with The Batman right now.