Matt Reeves In Talks To Direct ‘Batman’

BatmanIt 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.

Source: Deadline & The Hollywood Reporter

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Rob

    If they can get Reeves, it will be the best move that WB has made for their DC universe. I think he would be better than Affleck in this genre of filmmaking.

    I am assuming Reeves will demand a rewrite of the script though. He did when he stepped in when he replaced Rupert Wyatt on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He has enough star power now to command it here.

    • Carl

      Wait Reeves got a rewrite for Dawn? Maybe that’s why it wasn’t as good as I expected. The first movie was far better. It had a more compelling story with more compelling characters and never devolved into a silly action fest.

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  • Origami Rose

    i hope he declines

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  • Monty

    I’m imagining the fluid movement of the apes in the trees. Yes…. just yes.