"There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions," Affleck said in the statement. "Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give."
Ben Affleck is not directing Batman, but will produce, star →
In a statement Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, Affleck said it "has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require" and that he and the studio are looking for a new director.
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