About two weeks ago, news broke out that Matt Reeves was going to direct the upcoming solo Batman movie (working title The Batman). A week after that, reports of negotiations breaking down seemed to indicate that Warner Bros. would have to look for a second replacement for star and co-writer Ben Affleck, who was originally set to direct.
Now, the studio has officially confirmed that Matt Reeves will be the director of The Batman.
“We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate,” said Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “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.”
Reeves himself had this to say: “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.”
Matt Reeves is currently in post-production of the upcoming War of the Planet of the Apes.
Little is known about the plot of The Batman, 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.
There is no set release date as of yet for The Batman.
Ben Affleck is set to reprise the role in the upcoming Justice League film, which is scheduled for a 17 November, 2017 release.