Ben Affleck has stepped down from his role as director of the upcoming DC Extended Universe solo Batman feature, but will still star in and produce the movie, according to a report by Variety.

Affleck made his big screen debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and soon after the movie’s release, it was announced that he would star in and direct a solo movie based on the character – the working title of which was revealed to be The Batman.

On stepping down as director, Affleck had this to say:

“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.”

Little is known about the plot of the Batman solo movie, apart from the fact that Joe Manganiello will play Deathstroke and that Jeremy Irons and J.K. Simmons are expected to reprise their roles as Alfred and Commissioner Gordon, respectively.

Ben Affleck’s Batman is set to appear in the upcoming Justice League film, which is scheduled for a 17 November, 2017 release.

The Batman solo movie has no set release date as of yet, but is projected to come out sometime next year, with production planned for this summer.

(Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)