While we await if the third time is the charm for Ben Affleck's portrayal of the Caped Crusader in Justice League - after appearing in both Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad - we've come to learn that the actor will not be helming the forthcoming standalone Batman film.

In recent weeks, speculation ramped up that he would be leaving his post due to a number of factors, but many suspect that it was because it was too taxing to be the titular star and also the filmmaker in charge.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions," said Affleck. 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.”

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is eyeing a shortlist of directors that includes Captain Fantastic helmer Matt Ross as well as Matt Reeves who just directed the latest Planet of the Apes installment.

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