At one time The Batman was seen as the saving grace of the DC cinematic universe. Whatever happened with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Justice League, Ben Affleck’s passion project – in which he was set to direct, write, and star – would be the anchor that keeps things on track. It seemed almost too good to be true… and it was.
Affleck removed himself as director, while Argo and Batman v Superman scribe Chris Terrio had reportedly took over scripting duties from both Affleck and DC Films head Geoff Johns. There were rumors that War of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves was in negotiations and then a conflict arose that made the two sides part ways. Well, it seems that all is good on the WB lot, as Reeves has officially accepted the job of director and producer of The Batman.
Warner Bros issued an official press release in which Reeves expressed how much the character of Batman means to him and his devotion to the property seems second-to-none. Many have commented on the absence of Affleck in the press release, however there have since been confirmations from other sources that he will be staying in the cape and cowl. Of course, this is something that we will be keeping our eyes on.
Official Press Release:
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.
The Batman does not currently have a release date.