The Batman standalone film has found its new director again! Matt Reeves was in early negotiations to take over the directing reigns after Ben Affleck stepped down from the role a weeks ago. Then there was talk of him stepping away when negotiations broke down. Now official statements have been made that in fact he is on board as director.
Affleck wasn’t included in the press releases so speculation arose that he may be out as Batman. He responded by posting a tweet welcoming to Matt Reeves. As of now Affleck will stay on board as Batman and to produce the the film for Warner Bros.
In an official statement, Reeves had this to say:
“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. 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.”
Echoing Reeves’sentiment, WB President and Chief Content Officer Tony Emmerich added:
“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.”
Here is Affleck’s tweet:
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) February 24, 2017
Variety originally reported that the “Cloverfield” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” director had already verbally committed to helming the superhero pic, although a deal yet to be in place. Variety first reported that Reeves was high on the list of directors that included Fede Alvarez and Ridley Scott to replace Affleck, but, until recently, meetings were still being held with other potential replacements.
Reeves is no stranger for taking over high-profile projects midstream. He replaced Rupert Wyatt as director of the “Planet of the Apes” sequel at Fox.. Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was just as successful as its predecessor both critically and financially.