Matt Reeves Confirmed To Direct ‘The Batman’ For Warner Bros.

Ben Affleck BatmanWarner 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.

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.

  • El Mayimbe called it 😉

  • Maxi Iroh

    There is hope for a 2018 release then?

  • Jase Mullen

    New take on the Caped Crusader? Oh please let that mean that Crapfleck is done with the role.

    • Snap to it Kal

      Who in their right mind would want that? He’s the best live-action Batman we’ve ever gotten.

      • Math

        I wouldn’t go as far as calling him crapfleck. He’s a very good Batman, but for me personally, I’m still having a hard time not seeing Ben Affleck trying to act as Batman. I’m still not a fan of his casting. I would have preferred they cast an unknown or at least some actor where you loose yourself in the character. Like Christopher Reeves was Superman. You never saw him as Christopher Reeves playing Superman. If anything, in other non-Superman movies he was in, you would see Superman playing a different role. Which was as weird a seeing Ben Affleck playing Batman. I’m not saying Affleck is a bad actor, but seeing his face, hearing his voice just keeps taking me out of the movie. But I’ll agree that he is the best interpretation of Batman so far. I just believe they could still do better.

    • SAMURAI36

      Where on earth did you get that from?

      • Math

        What do you mean? The part that Ben Affleck is crap in his eyes, or the news that they are doing a new take?

        • SAMURAI36

          Your personal preference aside, of all the negative criticisms the DCEU has gotten so far, a “crap Affleck” has never been one of them. That’s a complete non-starter, that you’ll be hard pressed to find 10 people to sign off on.
          As far as this whole “new take” bit goes, that’s being taken completely out of context. The same script is being used (the one that Affleck & Johns turned in, & that Terrio added to). Johns & Affleck are still co-exec producers (probably Snyder too), & Joe M. is still involved as Deathstroke. So what’s the “new take”, exactly?
          If I had to wager an intelligent guess, I’d say it means a new take from previous incarnations, i.e. TDK Trilogy. It’s really not hard to glean this.

          • Math

            Again, I said it was personal preference. I never said everyone should share my opinion.

            And I am not saying the “new take” is accurate. I was just asking what you meant by “where on earth did you get that from”? What is “that” referring too? I agree with your guess. I don’t think they are starting over from scratch either.

            I don’t know why you always do that!? I was asking an honest question because I was unclear what you meant and you take it as me doing a back handed comment against your beliefs. Stop acting like I’m a Marvel fanboy and a DC hater who just want to bash DC every occasion I get. This is not true. I enjoy both. I am just a little disappointed in some of the decisions the DCEU have taken. Except for a few weird liberties they have taken with the material, I have highly enjoyed all DCEU films. SS is the movie I have the most issues with, but I don’t find it a terrible movie by any means.

          • SAMURAI36

            Uhmmm, I wasn’t doing that….? 😳 I understood fully, that you were asking from his (this other guy’s) perspective, & that you weren’t necessarily adopting his POV as your own.
            In the spirit of what you are asking me not to do, I would also ask that you not take my forward approach so personally.
            Anyways, yes, the whole “new take” is indeed mostly what I’m referring to here. I’ve seen other sites attempting to create “news” where there is none (more on that in another post). People are looking for a “gotcha” moment to be had out of this.

          • Math

            Ok then I apologize for misreading your reply.

  • JMMagwood

    Good news.

    • SAMURAI36

      Indeed, and this should shut up the haters for a while.

      • CSStrowbridge

        Huh? How would difficult negotiations be a good thing for a franchise that has struggled so much so far?

        In fact, a year delay would be much better news at this point.

  • Axxell

    Lucky ßastard is getting paid the price of a small island to direct.

  • Darthmanwe

    What the whatting what?!


    You reported (you as in general media you) that he walked off angrily from negotiations. 2 days later, it’s a done deal?

    Either the reporting is just super bad, or the ‘negotiations’ were being conducted by 4 year olds.

    • 12stepCornelius

      The reporting is just super bad. Don’t even get me started with Collider.

      • Math

        Yeah… that’s the main reason I still come and get my news here.

        Collider can’t help themselves to give “strong opinions” with their news. I just want the news. I don’t care about their opinion. Give your opinion on Collider video or in the comments section, that’s fine, that’s what it’s there for… but where are the websites that just give the news anymore? Why does everyone needs to force feed you their opinion on everything these days? Give the reader more credit. Just let us make our own opinions. You can hint at your opinion, but don’t be a douche and act like your opinion is above everyone else’s. Only Steve Frosty Weintraub seem to be respectful of the way the news gets reported there, but I can’t stand the rest of his crew.

        HH suffers from the same symptoms, but they usually act a lot less douchy. I mean the writers all look like young inexperienced writers starting out, so this site often looks very amateurish, but contrary to Collider, here I don’t feel like I want to struggle the writers each time I read an article (it happens some times, but a whole lot less then at Collider).

        While I’m on the subject, there is one thing that really bothers me here. There’s way too many articles published in a day. Each article seem stretched out as much as possible. It looks like they have a high quota of articles they need to write in order to maximize the amount of clicks they get on a daily basis. But that really pisses me off because when you can’t visit the site for a couple days, you then have like a hundred articles to browse through to catch up. Out of those 100, I click on maybe 40, and of these 40, only like 5 are really news worthy. The rest turn out to be fluff pieces, recycled news or one news story splint in 4 different articles when there really is no need… It takes hours to catch up and in the end, you feel like you’ve wasted so much time on useless articles. Also, since there’s way too many articles, it becomes pointless to comment on an article that’s more then a few hours old. If it’s more then a couple days old, it gets buried under the rest of the crappy useless articles and so the comments get spread out over multiple articles.

        Anyway, that’s my little rant over modern news websites. If anyone has suggestions on websites that aren’t overcrowded, please share. It’s becoming a real hassle to keep up with the news these days.

        • Darthmanwe

          There are none.

          There are…. NONE.

          Even the websites of institutions like Washington Post is plagued by this ‘super high article quota’ disease, and nerd websites are where its the worst…

          Well, nerd websites AND alt-right websites…

          But then again, those two have a large overlap in their demographic.

          Yes people, I’m calling most of you racist.

      • Splinter76

        Agreed. The Collider crew was the source of “Wonder Woman is a disjointed disaster” rumor last month. We’ll see how that plays out. Just like we’ll see how their predictions that Affleck is no longer involved plays out.