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Why Kevin Smith Won't Direct The Batman

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Last night, shockwaves were sent through the DC Extended Universe when Ben Affleck stepped down as director for The Batman, which is the franchise's first solo film starring the Caped Crusader. The Oscar winner decided it would be better if he put all his efforts and energies into his starring role as Bruce Wayne, as opposed to spreading himself too thin with the monumental responsibilities of calling the shots on the tentpole. Still, many are disappointed Affleck is no longer involved in this capacity, since his filmmaking style seemed to be a perfect fit for the source material. Warner Bros. is now on the hunt for a suitable replacement.

In the wake of the announcement, it was reported Dawn of the Planet of the Apes helmsman Matt Reeves was in the running for the job, and fans were quick to nominate their own picks. A popular choice among viewers is DC super fan Kevin Smith, who has directed multiple episodes in DC's Arrowverse on television. However, Smith will not be making the jump to the big screen, and he's now revealed why that will be.

Responding to a Twitter user's call for Smith to land the Batman job, the filmmaker gave three distinct reasons why he would not be the best choice:

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