Today Warner Bros. confirmed that Matt Reeves will step in and take over from Ben Affleck as the new Batman director.
After Affleck dropped out as director of The Batman, there were plenty of rumours on the net regarding Matt Reeves stepping in and taking his place. It was also rumoured that he had stepped down and was no longer in talks with the studio regarding the film. It seems those rumours were completely untrue.
A press release from WB notes that Matt Reeves will direct and produce the film unofficially titled The Batman:
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.”
Warner made no announcement regarding Affleck being replaced or that any other actor was in line for the role. Based on his past experience, Reeves seems a perfect fit for the character and the story.