Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is stepping down as the director of the solo ‘Batman’ movie. Pictured: Affleck arrives at the premiere of “Live By Night” at TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan. 9, 2017 in Hollywood. Getty Images/Frazer Harrison

Ben Affleck is stepping down as the director of “The Batman.”

The “Live By Night” actor is choosing to focus on playing the superhero instead of doing both the acting and directing job, according to Variety. The 44-year-old star said in a statement, “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.”

Affleck added, “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.”

Reportedly, both Affleck and the studio, Warner Bros., came to the decision together. They wanted to decide what is best for the project. A spokesperson for the studio said in a statement, “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”

Affleck has been linked to the solo Batman movie since the summer of 2015. Although reports claimed that he would be directing and acting as the caped crusader in the film, the “Argo” actor said earlier this month that he would only helm “The Batman” if it comes together in a way that he thinks is really great.

Now, Affleck and the studio are in search for a director.

The “Gone Girl” actor first appeared as Batman in “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.” He will be seen playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in “Justice League” which releases on Nov. 17.