Matt Reeves In Talks To Direct The Batman, Replacing Ben Affleck

Jay Jacobs
February 12, 2017

While Ben Affleck is still The Batman, the film has found a new director in Matt Reeves.

The studio has offered the gig to War for the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves, according to sources speaking to The Holywood Reporter.

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For now, audiences will have to wait and see how it all plays out when the cameras start rolling on The Batman. It was mere days ago that Ben Affleck had stepped away from directing the solo Batman movie, citing he needed to focus on playing the part of the Caped Crusader. The third in the series, War for the Planet of the Apes, is set to come out in July, which will leave him free to get to work on The Batman. Matt Reeves might be the closest thing to the level of that as he has proven he can produce artful smart films while working on big blockbuster films in the studio system. Variety's report also states that filming has been pushed back to the end of 2017, as Affleck was on back-to-back promotional tours for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Accountant and Live By Night. He is still starring as the Caped Crusader, but stepping away from the director's chair because, in his words, "It has become clear that I can not do both jobs to the level they require".

The deal is apparently not done yet, but Deadline recently reported that Reeves was the first person Warner Bros. wanted to talk to for the job. He then took on the tough task of helming the remake of acclaimed Scandinavian horror movie Let the Right One In, which was titled Let Me In. We will be sure to keep you posted as more details on the movie become available. He knows how to go dark without going too bleak, and he knows how to bring the action even when it's mostly in front of a green screen. More details on The Batman director, after the jump.

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