After two weeks of negotiations, Warner Bros. has announced that Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) has officially signed on to direct THE BATMAN. While Ben Affleck was conspicuously absent from the studio’s press release, prompting concern among DC fans, studio insiders insist he remains onboard to play the titular superhero.
Those who thought Warner Bros. would move on from Reeves after the director walked away from the negotiating table simply don’t know that this is how the game is played in Hollywood. The fact is that unless you’re a triple-A-list director, you simply do not say “no” to Batman. Even if the DCEU itself is a complete mess at the moment.
In addition to directing The Batman, Reeves will also serve as a producer on the film, which was written by Affleck, Geoff Johns and Chris Terrio. Joe Manganiello is expected to co-star as Deathstroke.
“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,” said Reeves.
“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,” added Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
The Tracking Board has already explained why CAA-repped Reeves is the perfect choice to direct The Batman and help the DCEU get back on track. We wish him the best of luck, and it’s a relief to know that Affleck — the lone bright spot of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — remains committed to the project.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief