Now, some critics and even supporters are happy Affleck is stepping down as director of "The Batman," but for entirely different reasons. Others are skeptical that without Affleck's direction the film is doomed to fail. Some critics simply think the film will fail regardless of Affleck's direction, because the DCEU can't seem to get it together. What do you think?
On one hand, Affleck might feel the pressure of making another great Batman movie. Filmmaker Christopher Nolan and award-winning actor Christian Bale created the highly-praised "Dark Knight" trilogy. Affleck might crack under that pressure, and some look at him stepping down as director of "The Batman" as an early omen that the film is doomed.
DCEU might have found some success at the box office with "BvS" and "Suicide Squad," but until the DCEU makes an acclaimed live-action film, interest might continue to fade.
On the other hand, many jumped on the bandwagon and praised Affleck for his portrayal of Batman in "BvS." He was badass even if the film was not. "BvS" wasn't spectacular, but Affleck is one of the reasons why fans argue the film isn't that bad. Hence—DCEU fans are still hopeful for the next great "Batman" movie.
Affleck felt it was best that he'd step down for the film's sake. So there's hope yet.
Read Affleck's statement below.
Ben Affleck will NOT direct THE BATMAN, but will star and remains totally committed- here are the details. pic.twitter.com/2QLThkFYGc
Other fans aren't that understanding. They thought Affleck would have been the perfect director. He might have missed with "Live by Night," but he's also made Academy-Award winning movies like "Argo." So things are looking kind of gloomy for the film, depending on who you ask.
BEN AFFLECK WAS GOING TO DIRECT A GREAT GODDAMN BATMAN MOVIE AND TAKE HIS TIME BUT YOU BITCHES WANTED IT NOW SO THIS IS WHAT FCKING HAPPENS pic.twitter.com/a0ECQTAGbB