After Ben Affleck decided to step down as the director of The Batman, the first solo Batman film in the DC Extended Universe, it was rumored that Matt Reeves was high on the list of possible replacements for the job.
Now, Variety reports that Reeves is officially in negotiations with the studio and has already committed to helm the pic, though it should be noticed the deal isn’t closed yet. Ben Affleck is still on board to star in the film and oversee the the project as a producer.
This might be the second time that Reeves has to step in and pick up a project from another director. Previously the filmmaker replaced Rupert Wyatt, who opted not to return to direct the sequel to his successful Rise of the Planet of the Apes due to scheduling conflicts. In the end though, Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was just as successful critically and commercially.
Given his past filmography that also includes the found footage giant monster film Cloverfield and the surprisingly well received Let Me In (a remake of the beloved Swedish film Let the Right One In), it’s safe to say that The Batman will be in good hands, with a director that has proven that he can handle high concept, serious movies and still find the soul on his characters and the story.
Reeves is currently in post-production of War of the Planet of the Apes, and since the script for The Batman (written by Affleck and Geoff Johns, and polished by Chris Terrio) is reportedly completed and approved, he could very well jump into production on the coming months.