After by what all accounts have been a tumultuous couple weeks behind the scenes, Warner Bros. has their Director for The Batman. And it’s exactly who they (and I) had been hoping for.
Hopefully He’s the Director We Need and Deserve
Once Ben Affleck bowed up from directorial duties, the spotlight quickly shone upon Matt Reaves. Reaves, a great Director in his own right, is the man behind Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, this year’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and others. DC and Warner Bros. approached him to direct The Batman following Affleck’s departure. He was in, he was out. No one knew what was going on. But apparently, things worked themselves out.
Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer at Warner Bros., announced the deal earlier today:
“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.”
Reeves too was excited about the deal:
“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.”
No release date was mentioned for The Batman. But more curiously, the was no mention of Ben Affleck anywhere in the press release either. Rumors were abound that Affleck was trying to depart from the role entirely as well, but nothing of substance was ever proven. I suppose we’ll find out as production gears up.
We can catch Batman and Affleck in Justice League on November 17th.