Less than two weeks after announcing that Ben Affleck had stepped down as director of the next solo Batman movie, Warner Brothers has apparently found a replacement. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will be stepping in to take the reins after he finishes up post-production work on War for the Planet of the Apes. The news comes after recent report that Chris Terrio (Argo) is doing a major overhaul if not full rewrite of the script by Geoff Johns, although Variety’s Justin Kroll has since countered somewhat, stating that the new script is already complete and has pleased both Affleck and higher-ups at WB. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Matt Reeves is now in early talks to take over as director of The Batman starring Ben Affleck. He had already been reported as a frontrunner for the job when Affleck gave up the director’s chair, and now it appears that he has committed to the project although a deal has yet to be finalized. This will be the first time Reeves has taken on a comic book movie, although he has some pretty solid experience with studio blockbusters after the last two Planet of the Apes films.
Many people have suggested that taking on this movie is an unenviable task, given that the previous director would still have a lot of creative control and also, perhaps, a chip on his shoulder. It remains somewhat unclear if Affleck gave up the directing duties by choice, but the good news is that they are pushing back the production start to give Affleck a bit of a break after a busy 2016. The Batman is still expected to hit theatres in 2018 along with Gotham City Sirens, the David Ayer-directed female villain spin-off featuring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Do you think Matt Reeves is a good choice to direct The Batman?