'Planet of the Apes' Director Matt Reeves Takes Over 'The Batman'

Friday, 10 February 2017 - 10:36PM
DC Comics
Batman
War for the Planet of the Apes
Friday, 10 February 2017 - 10:36PM
'Planet of the Apes' Director Matt Reeves Takes Over 'The Batman'
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The story of Ben Affleck's The Batman is long and arduous, with announcements that he was directing, writing and starring leading to reports it was delayed, then finally to Affleck's dismayed statement that he won't direct his Batman film anymore.

But there's still a light at the end of the tunnel for the Dark Knight's solo outing, because director Matt Reeves is in talks to fill Affleck's empty seat in the director's chair. Multiple sources, including Deadline and Variety, are claiming insider knowledge that Reeves received the offer. 

It wouldn't be Reeves' first experience with major blockbusters, as he's directed Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes later this year. Considering those first two films have had generally positive reception, and the next Planet of the Apes movie looks solid so far, this could be good news.



Affleck finally gave up directing last week, after claiming he could not properly handle the responsibilities. The shortlist included Reeves from the beginning, as well as names like Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe) and Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, The Martian, very many more). Of course, Affleck will still star in the film as Batman, and he wrote a script with DC's Geoff Johns that's undergoing some more rewrites. Hopefully Joe Mangianello's Deathstroke will stick around as the villain.

The Batman has been shuffled around quite a bit, and it's not currently clear when the film will come out. In the meantime, Reeves' War for the Planet of the Apes comes out July 14, 2017.
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