It’s Official: Matt Reeves Closes Deal to Direct ‘The Batman’

The Batman Solo Feature

No more rumors, no more bullshit. According to a press release from the studio, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves has officially signed on to direct the new solo feature The Batman.

Warner Bros. has confirmed that Reeves will direct and produce the project but the studio’s press release does not even mention Ben Affleck who opted to step away from the director’s chair a few weeks ago to focus on the role of the Caped Crusader.

Reeves — who’s in post-production on War for the Planet of the Apes — is a worthy replacement for Affleck and as long as he’s not leaving the project within a month, I might have some hope for the DCEU.

No release date yet for The Batman, written by Affleck, Geoff Johns and Chris Terrio, but the Warner Bros. Pictures Group had been pressing to go into production in the spring/summer.

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”) has been set to direct “The Batman.” Reeves will also serve as a producer on the new standalone action adventure centering on one of DC’s most enduringly popular Super Heroes. The announcement was made by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Emmerich stated, “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.”

Matt Reeves noted, “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.”

Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.

“The Batman” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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