After months of planning and rumors galore, Ben Affleck has decided he won’t be directing the standalone Batman film after all.

Affleck still remains the star of the film but as of now, the WB is now looking at a short list of directors who will fill the position. Included in that short list is ‘Captain Fantastic’ helmer Matt Ross.

In a statement released, Affleck said:

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

WB added it “fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”

Rumors of Affleck taking the helm have been swirling ever since it was announced he would be starring in his own Batman film after taking on the role in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ However, rumors of some discontent have emerged as Affleck has been letting on that the project would not proceed into production until the script was to his satisfaction.

More to come…