Warner Bros. has announced via a press release that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield helmer Matt Reeves has signed on to direct and produce The Batman.
Reeves was said to be in talks to take over as director on the project after Ben Affleck decided to step down, but discussions between him and the studio broke down a week later, with several trades claiming that negotiations could continue “when heads cool.”
In an official statement, Reeves had the following to say about getting the job:
“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.”
WB President and Chief Content Officer Toby Emmerich added:
“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.”
Stay tuned for more on The Batman as we learn it.