Earlier this month, it was looking like Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) would definitely be taking over the director’s chair on The Batman, but then last week he unexpectedly dropped out of discussions with Warner Brothers. It is possible that it was merely a negotiation tactic or perhaps there was a disagreement and cooler heads ended up prevailing, but either way the folks at Warner Brothers have now turned around and officially confirmed Reeves as the director. However, there still seem to be some conspiracy theories floating around out there about Ben Affleck’s involvement (or lack thereof). Here’s what the official press release has to say about the announcement:
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”) has been set to direct “The Batman.” Reeves will also serve as a producer on the new standalone action adventure centering on one of DC’s most enduringly popular Super Heroes. The announcement was made by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
Emmerich stated, “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.”
Matt Reeves noted, “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.”
Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.
“The Batman” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Now you may notice there is no mention of Ben Affleck anywhere in the press release, despite the fact that he is still attached to star. Does that mean anything? Probably not. The pesky rumour that he supposedly “wants out” of the role still persists, but the truth is we still have no real reason to believe that as of yet. Does this latest news restore your confidence in The Batman?