Ben Affleck has reportedly pulled out of directing the upcoming “standalone” Batman film, according to Variety.

According to Variety, Ben Affleck has announced that he will not be directing the upcoming standalone Batman film.

Affleck’s Announcement

Affleck announced that his pulling out of the directing job for the film is because he can’t play the role and direct as well.

In his statement to Variety, he said: “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.”

He ensures the public that he is still focused on the film, saying: “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.”

Affleck had recently played the role of Batman in Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad, which was successful at the box office, although was disparaged by many critics.

He is also set to appear as Batman in Justice League, which is scheduled to be out on November 17th this year.

Comments From the Studio

According to Variety, this is unrelated to the failure of his latest directing/starring effort, “Live by Night,” and Warner Bros is in full support of his decision.

The studio said in a statement that it “remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”

 The film still has no official release date, but is expected to be out sometime in 2018.