It looks like Ben Affleck will not be directing the standalone Batman film after all. In a recent interview with Variety, the actor/director commented that he will step down as director of the film but he remains committed to help Warner Bros. find a suitable replacement to bring the superhero film to life.
Affleck’s withdrawal from the director’s seat could be related to his most recent film Live By Night bombing at the box-office. Another issue stemming from the Batman project is that the production team has been hampered by a lacklustre script and storyline with regards to the film itself.
As of right now, this news certainly doesn’t do the DC cinematic universe any justice following a number of issues plaguing the multi-universe franchise. The Flash lost directors in both Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa withdrawing from the project whilst Wonder Woman also lost Michelle MacLaren before settling on Patty Jenkins.
Wonder Woman has also been plagued with initial bad press recently as an initial screening of the film described it as a ‘mess’. Naturally if this is true, it remains to be seen how Warner Bros attempts to address the DC cinematic universe especially with Justice League due out later this year.
If Warner Bros fails to get their superhero franchises off the ground successfully, then there’s a distinct chance that the DC universe may well go into another soft reboot in order to get things right.