Ben Affleck steps down as Batman
Ben Affleck has stepped down from his role as Batman.
The star, who played the Caped Crusader in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Suicide Squad and 2017's Justice League, has now confirmed he will not return for the hero's next solo outing, which is due out in 2021.
Deadline announced the news, with Affleck himself then confirming hours later. A search for a new Batman is now underway.
Affleck had been due to both star and direct the superhero's next solo outing The Batman, but first stepped down as director, eventually passing the torch to War For The Planet Of The Apes' Matt Reeves. He has now stepped down from the role completely.
It has also been confirmed that The Batman will arrive in cinemas on June 25th in 2021.
Speaking about the film yesterday, Reeves said: "It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It's told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it's going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It's more Batman in his detective mode than we've seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He's supposed to be the world's greatest detective, and that's not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been."
He continued: "I'd love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it's going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation."