It was reported today that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes) has been offered the directing gig for the upcoming Batman film starring Ben Affleck reprising the role of Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Gotham City’s Dark Knight. Affleck announced a few weeks ago that he had decided to step down from the film.
“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 Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit added that Ridley Scott (The Martian) and Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe) are also being considered by Warner Bros. While Affleck is still set to star in the film as well as having co-written the script with DC Films’ co-head Geoff Johns, The Hollywood Reporter mentions that the script “may undergo a significant overhaul”.
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.