After last week’s announcement, it was revealed today that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes) has exited negotiations and won’t be directing the untitled Batman film for Warner Bros. According to The Hollywood Reporter, while negotiations have ended, they could resume “when heads cool”. The initial announcement last Friday included Ridley Scott (The Martian) and Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe) being considered by Warner Bros for the directing gig.
Ben Affleck, who portrays Batman in the DC Films, was originally going to direct the solo film, but announced recently that he had stepped down as director of the movie.
“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.”
The untitled Batman solo film, which stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, has yet to be given a release date. The screenplay was written by Affleck and Geoff Johns, co-head of the DC Films and president of DC Entertainment.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter