Matt Reeves Will Direct The Batman
A couple of weeks after Ben Affleck announced he wouldn't be directing the standalone Batman movie, Warner Bros has found a replacement to take on the task. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves will helm The Batman, and this is exceedingly good news for the DC movie universe.
We all know that Affleck can direct a film, he directed the hell out of Argo and solidified his place as a serious filmmaker and bagged an Oscar for Best Picture. The shortcomings of Affleck's latest effort (Live By Night) may have played a role in his decision, but filmmaking on this scale partially broke Joss Whedon, and he wasn't starring as the main character. Ultimately, Affleck opting out was a good thing for the movie, and Matt Reeves is a darn fine choice.
Matt Reeves made his directorial debut with the forgettable rom-com The Pallbearer starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow. Thankfully, his 2008 team-up with J.J Abrams, Cloverfield, was an impressive piece of work that led to Reeves' Let The Right One In remake (Let Me In) and the immensely satisfying Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Reeves is currently putting the finishing touches to War for the Planet of the Apes which is due for release this summer. Presumably, pre-production of The Batman will start after Apes swings into cinemas.
At the time Affleck stepped down, Warner Bros named Matt Reeves as their top choice to replace him, but discussions with other filmmakers were taking place in case a deal with Reeves couldn't be struck. Considering the elegant work Reeves has done with The Planet of the Apes franchise; there is every reason to be excited about what he will accomplish with Batman.