Matt Reeves Confirmed To Direct The Batman
The Batman has finally found a new director to take over for Ben Affleck. Matt Reeves, who directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield and Let Me In, has closed a deal Warner Bros. to helm the project and also produce.
Affleck announced that he was stepping down as director January 30 and issued a statement saying, “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.”
After hearing about Affleck’s step down from his role as director many fans were left disappointed and wondering who be take his place. It also did not help that it was recently revealed that the film, like The Flash before it, has gone back for a page-one rewrite.
The news of Reeves official involvement came a week after it was announced that talks between the director and the studio had broken down.
In a statement Reeves said, “I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”
The announcement about Reeves join the project was made by Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group who explained, “We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate. Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey.”
Affleck was not specifically mentioned in the announcement, which focus on Reeves joining the project, but he did share a tweet welcoming Reeves later that evening.
There is still no official release date for The Batman at the moment. However, now that Reeves has come on board and the dust has started to settle the film may finally move forward more smoothly into pre-production.