Ben Affleck Out as ‘The Batman’ Director

Big news from The Batman movie. Ben Affleck has decided to drop out as director, though he’ll still play Batman.

According to Affleck’s 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.”

That’s the official stance.

The non-official view could be that Affleck is losing his box office power. Doing double duty won’t help the film. More than that though, the fact that Affleck’s recently directed film, Live by Night, is a flop and could lose $75 million doesn’t help.

It could be a blessing in disguise though. If Affleck bombed on this Batman movie, he’d really be in the hole. That’d be multiple bombs in the last few years. If they find a director able to put out a really good Batman, and get a good performance from Affleck, that might give him some leverage. Then, he could get more leeway in directing another film, which is what he likes to do anyway. Without a hit, he’s not getting that leverage.

Variety says Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, is in consideration. That could end up being ironic. Now if War for the Planet of the Apes bombs, Warner Bros. will be stuck with an actor whose past movies have bombed, and a director whose most recent big budget movie also flopped. How do you sell that?

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The problem with common sense is that it isn’t that common anymore, as evidenced by the reaction’s to Matt’s completely common sense position.

is not up to you Erik, to say which type of sexual misconduct was “not as bad” and to establish if Dylan Farrow’s allegations are or aren’t true. Mansplaining sexual abuse to women, and given massive yet not surprising extent of what the #mettoo movement has shown to us. is safe to say all of us have been a victim of in one way or another. So no, not Damon nor you can explain to us was is “not as bad”. The women CK harassed have had their careers and lives derailed by his behaviour that you guys see as… Read more »

Saying that bad acts are on a continuum isn’t controversial at all. Saying this?

“I think you can say that while also saying that maybe what Louis C.K. did wasn’t as bad or even that the allegations that Woody Allen molested Dylan Farrow probably aren’t true.”
Is complete horseshit. Louis C.K.’s shit is incredibly bad, and he completely deserves what’s happening to him. But above all, if you think that Woody Allen probably didn’t molest Dylan Farrow, you’re either completely misinformed (which at this point, for anyone in media, is gross negligence) or you’re a monstrous asshole. Period.

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