A week after the announcement that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is set to direct the upcoming solo Batman movie (working title The Batman), The Hollywood Reporter brings words that negotiations have broken down and that Reeves has exited the project.
DC/Warner Bros. sought a new director for The Batman after star and co-writer Ben Affleck stepped down from the role.
The studio remains committed to the movie no matter what and it remains to be seen if it will attempt to win back Reeves’ favor or seek a new director altogether. There is no word yet if this latest development will result in a delay of The Batman, or if the studio will stick with its plan to release it sometime next year with production set for this summer.
Little is known about the plot of the Batman solo movie, apart from the fact that Joe Manganiello will play Deathstroke and that Jeremy Irons and J.K. Simmons are expected to reprise their roles as Alfred and Commissioner Gordon, respectively.
Ben Affleck’s Batman is set to appear next in the upcoming Justice League film, which is scheduled for a 17 November, 2017 release.