Three weeks after Ben Affleck stepped down as the director of The Batman, Warner Bros. Pictures has finally found a replacement, and it turned out to be their first choice after all.
In the aftermath of Affleck’s decision to leave the director’s chair it was reported that Matt Reeves was the front runner to take over the job and negotiations with the filmmaker started right away. A week later, however, talks between Reeves and the studio broke off and it seemed like the search for a director would continue elsewhere.
Luckily both parties have reached an agreement and Matt Reeves has officially signed on the project as the director, and will also join as one of the producers.
Toby Emmerich, President and COO of Warner Bros. Pictures Group said,
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.
I have loved the Batman story since I was a child, added Reeves.
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.
Matt Reeves has directed a string of commercially and critically well received films that include Cloverfield, Let Me In and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. His next movie, War for the Planet for the Apes will be released on July 14.
While Ben Affleck is still on board to star and produce the film, it’s unclear whether the script he wrote with Geoff Johns and polished by Chris Terrio will still be used, although it was reportedly approved by the studio, so Reeves could very well jump right into production soon enough.
Though he wasn’t mentioned on the official press release, Affleck did welcome Reeves on board with a single tweet that generated an exchange between the director and Johns.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) February 24, 2017
Ha! Thanks so much, man. So excited. https://t.co/h5hTJ2lwj3
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) February 24, 2017
I’m so glad things finally worked out as I think Reeves is a great choice to helm the kind of movie this new incarnation of Batman needs. And now that we have some of the key pieces in place, could we just sit patiently and enjoy the upcoming DCEU movies and let the talent do their job?