And so it goes, spinning back around like one of Captain Boomerang's....boomerangs. Warner Bros. was left in the lurch when Ben Affleck dropped out of directing The Batman, but they managed to make fans happy by choosing Cloverfield director Matt Reeves to replace him. The only problem? Negotiations broke down and Reeves jetted, but there was always the chance cooler heads could prevail. Looks like that's exactly what happened.
Reeves is back to direct and produce The Batman, and we know it's official because they sent out a press release and everything. A release that doesn't mention Ben Affleck at all. Don't worry, he's still set to star despite rumors he's looking for an exit strategy. Anyway, Reeves is the story here and he's a great director who is probably better suited to the material than Affleck due to his work on Cloverfield and the Planet of the Apes movies.
Too bad the release doesn't include a release date, but oh well. Check it out anyway.
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.