Entertainment Ben Affleck no longer directing Batman standalone movie Ben Affleck attends the premiere of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan on March, 20 2016. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy By Frank Lovece Special to Newsday January 31, 2017 2:10 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email Ben Affleck, who played Batman in last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and reprises the role in this November’s “Justice League,” has stepped down as director of a planned solo film, “The Batman.” He will still play the Caped Crusader. “There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck, 44, said of the DC Comics superhero in a statement first given to Variety. “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.” He added that, “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.” The studio said in a statement that it “fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a stand-alone Batman picture to life.” Affleck, who co-wrote the script with comic-book writer and screenwriter Geoff Johns (the upcoming movie “Wonder Woman,” TV’s “The Flash”), has been attached to a solo Batman movie since at least March, when one of his agents, Patrick Whitesell, told The Hollywood Reporter, “There’s a script that he’s written that is a really cool idea, so that’s out there as an option.” Warner Bros., after hinting in April that Affleck was directing, confirmed it at Comic-Con in July. But early this January, the Oscar-winning writer-producer told the British newspaper The Guardian, that the film was “not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.” By Frank Lovece Special to Newsday Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.