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The actor, who performs Warner Bros. and DC Leisure’s Batman, will now not be directing the studio’s standalone movie about Gotham Metropolis’s Caped Crusader, “The Batman.”

“There are particular characters who maintain a particular place within the hearts of thousands and thousands. Performing this function calls for focus, ardour and the easiest efficiency I may give. It has turn into clear that I can’t do each jobs to the extent they require,” Affleck mentioned in an announcement on Monday. “Along with the studio, I’ve determined to discover a accomplice in a director who will collaborate with me on this large movie.”

Affleck added that he’s “nonetheless on this” and that “we’re making it, however we’re presently on the lookout for a director.”

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“I stay extraordinarily dedicated to this undertaking, and look ahead to bringing this to life for followers all over the world,” he mentioned.

The actor will nonetheless produce and star within the movie for Warner Bros., which like CNN is owned by Time Warner.

“Warner Bros. absolutely helps Ben Affleck’s determination and stays dedicated to working with him to deliver a standalone Batman image to life,” the studio mentioned in an announcement.

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Affleck was announced as director by Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara last April. His stepping down from the directorial function is a loss for one of many largest comedian ebook manufacturers in movie since Affleck has developed fairly the pedigree as a director.

The actor has starred in and directed hit movies resembling “The City” and “Argo” with the latter occurring to win the Academy Award for Greatest Image in 2013.

Nevertheless, Affleck’s newest movie, “Dwell By Night time” disenchanted on the field workplace bringing in solely $18.9 million worldwide since opening earlier this month.

The DC Leisure prolonged universe has been a monetary boon for Warner Bros. however has struggled with critics.

For instance, Affleck’s first go because the Darkish Knight in final March’s “Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice” introduced in additional than $870 million globally, however was universally panned by critics.

Affleck’s subsequent run as Batman will are available November’s “Justice League” which sees the hero paired up with a few of DC’s different main heroes like Marvel Lady, Aquaman and The Flash.

CNNMoney (New York) First printed January 30, 2017: 11:37 PM ET