I just caught the news today that Ben Affleck will not be directing the upcoming Batman film. He will still be starring as the character Bruce Wayne/Batman, but he will not be directing it. That still leaves him as producer and co-writer with Geoff Johns.
And this is what I see as either good or bad news.
The official statement that is associated with this announcement include:
"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."
Of course WB supports his decision.