It’s official – ‘The Batman’ has found its director.
Matt Reeves has officially closed a deal to direct ‘The Batman’ – the upcoming solo movie starring Ben Affleck as DC’s Dark Knight.
Taking the reins after Ben Affleck decided to step away from directing the movie, it looks as though Matt Reeves is taking on ‘The Batman’… despite rumours that he had chosen to step away from the movie after negotiations fell through.
Ben Affleck is still attached to star in the movie.
“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child,” said Reeves. “He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honoured 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 is perhaps best known for directing ‘Cloverfield’ as well as ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’… and while rumours suggested that he turned down the upcoming Batman film, it was suggested there was a strong possibility that he would return.
And it seems it finally worked out.
“Sources stressed last week that it was a priority for the studio to sign a helmer as soon as possible in order to move the pre-production forward,” explains Variety. And perhaps it’s a no-brainer that the studio chose to pursue their latest interested director.
But what exactly won him over in the end?
Warner Bros. announced today that Reeves will serve as both director and producer on ‘The Batman’… and I can’t help wondering whether they were forced to rethink their approach to hiring the director.
“Reeves, Affleck, and the studio can now focus on moving the film into production and begin casting. Sources indicate that Chris Terrio turned in a script that pleased both the studio and Affleck.”
Could this mean more creative freedom for Matt Reeves’s first comic book movie?
For now, we have to wait and see. But he’s definitely an excellent choice.
A release date for ‘The Batman’ has not yet been set.