This has been an interesting month for news on The Batman.
After leading man Ben Affleck stepped down as director on the project at the end of January, word came that Warner Bros. was looking to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes helmer Matt Reeves to replace him behind the camera. Then, a mere week later, talks broke down and Reeves appeared to have exited the project. However, cooler heads have prevailed as Warner Bros. has issued a press release to officially announce that Matt Reeves will indeed direct The Batman.
Read the full press release posted below...
BURBANK, Calif. — 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, no doubt you've noticed that Ben Affleck's name is completely absent from this press release. And, this may cause some alarm bells to go off. But not to worry! Erik Davis over at Fandango has gotten confirmation from Warner Bros. that Ben Affleck is still involved in The Batman.
So, there you have it, Infinite Earths fans! Matt Reeves will indeed direct The Batman.Follow Up: Warners confirms Ben Affleck is still attached to star— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) February 23, 2017
And we can't wait to see what he brings to the DC Expanded Universe!
Source: Warner Bros.
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