Warner Brothers and Batman actor Ben Affleck have announced he’ll no longer helm the upcoming standalone movie.

That said, Affleck will still star as Batman in the solo film, which is expected to head into production within the next year.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement to Variety. “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.”

“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life,” the studio said a statement.

The studio is reportedly deep into finding a new director.

Affleck just wrapped on Justice League, which hits theaters this November.

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