‘The Batman’ Finds New Director in Matt Reeves

Batman Affleck
Courtesy of Warner Bros.

The Batman” standalone film has found its new director.

Matt Reeves is in early talks to take over directing duties after Ben Affleck stepped down from the role in late January. Affleck will still star in and produce the Warner Bros. movie.

Sources tell Variety that the “Cloverfield” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” director has already committed to helming the superhero pic, although a deal isn’t done yet. Variety first reported that Reeves was high on the list of directors to replace Affleck, but, until recently, meetings were still being held with other filmmakers.

Affleck will still have a significant role in the direction of the film — the first solo movie to star Affleck as the Caped Crusader — after writing the script with Geoff Johns, but he will now have more time to focus on acting.

Matt Reeves on the set of “Let Me In” in 2009. Courtesy of Overture Films

Reeves is no stranger to this situation. He replaced Rupert Wyatt as director of the “Planet of the Apes” sequel at Fox after Wyatt had successfully rebooted the franchise with 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” The second installment, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” was just as successful — critically and financially.

Reeves is currently in post production on “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which bows this July, but should have no trouble seguing into “The Batman” prep. The question now is when the film will start production. Filming was initially set to begin in May, but was already expected to be pushed back to give Affleck a break following a busy 2016 that included shoots and press tours for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Accountant,” and “Live by Night.” However, given how quickly the studio found a new director, a shoot should still come by the end of 2017.

Although Reeves directed tentpoles like “Apes” and “Cloverfield,” this will mark his first venture into the comic book realm. He’s represented by CAA.

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  1. gabe says:

    situation resolved

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  4. Ima Right says:

    the director who directed that horrible remake of planet of the apes? and affleck as
    batman? hollyweird has lost their minds. boycott hollyweird!

    • speediejoe says:

      “Remake”? Tim Burton did a remake in 2001 that wasn’t well received. The current trilogy are prequels to Planet of the Apes and generally well received. You may not like them, but most people seem to. And they are definitely not remakes. As far as Affleck playing Batman, the movie Batman v Superman generally got poor reviews, but most people felt that it was not Affleck’s fault, he did fine with the material he was given.

  5. Rudy Mario says:

    Good choice for Director.

    Now make sure he really directs Ben and make him move his facial muscles and vocal chords. No mumbling like he does in all his movies. Get a voice coach and make him train, if not replace Ben.

    Also a note to the WB suits, : get the name of the toupee supplier who supplies to both Trump and Tom Brady to do their magic on Ben’s head.

  6. Spider says:

    Note to WB executives: If you do get Matt Reeves to direct, be sure to back the hell on down and let him
    exercise his creativity. Let Reeves make the movie he envisions. You execs are batting 1000 in creatively challenged DC releases and major disappointments. Do not try to catch up to Marvel by just green-lighting the 1st ideas that stick on the proverbial wall. Let your directors shepherd the projects accordingly and have them take whatever time they need to do them right! …And please stop the film butchering BS. We are on to you, now!

  7. Per Tree says:

    If he can’t bury Affleck in a mound of sand somewhere in death valley hed be wise not to touch this thing.

  8. loco73 says:

    And as soon as the deal is done…enter the control freaks and Warner Bros. and DC…telling Matt Reeves that they have the best idea of how this movie, “The Batman”, should play out! And at that point if Reeves is smart he’ll run far, far away! LOL

  9. Lucky says:

    Still can’t get thru the first several minutes of BvS but Affleck was fine in Suicide Squad and I feel he has a lot to offer in this franchise both as Batman and as a creative force/visionary behind the scenes. As far as directing The Batman I think Reeves is an exceptional get, better than Affleck (for this project). I give him a week. (Kidding, I hope!)

  10. Ben Affleck is limited (as most actors) in delivering a performance unlike prior histrionics. Nearly every actor portrays him- or herself, because this is fundamentally what the audience/viewer expects. An Affleck performance may be exceptional compared to his usual fare, and her is where he may be awarded by those various mutual admiration societies. (festivals, The Oscar, SAG, et al.)

    As a director, Ben Affleck excels. Perhaps the better formula is for him to direct the Batman (reboot?)…and only direct. He is quite gifted in this area and where unquestionably his
    talent is redoubtable. For the sake of argument, let’s call “LIVE BY NIGHT” a misstep, although more is involved here.

    Putting an actor together with the material is nearly an art in itself; crafting a screenplay that will work well, giving limitations of the acting talent, is a kind of genius. (re: Matt Damon and Jason Bourne) The right director to helm script and actor is fateful but not impossible. And prejudice (prejudging) is unreasonable jealousy (if you’re not in the business) and envy (if you are); Affleck has the success that probably warrants both–but he is no more and no less.

  11. Anybody who says he should step down as Batman obviously hasn’t seen ‘BvS’ and/or is simply a hater. He owned the role of Batman, and in 1 movie put himself in the same league as Christian Bale (my favorite actor btw) who played the role in 3 giant films. Go ahead and criticise his entire career prior to 2007, but since then he’s earned his place to rightfully belong on the A-list of Hollywood in both Acting and Directing. Hate the DC films all you want, but there are a great deal of people out there who have been waiting their whole lives for a connected-Universe of movies like this, “Justice League” and the other films (“Aquaman,” “Gotham City Sirens,” “Shazam,” and “The Flash”) to follow in the DCEU. Have a good day.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      You have totally confused “owned” & “ruined” (same with Bale, though, so it fully works). When you’ve owned something & are finished with it, you can sell it to lots of other candidates on EBay, Craigslist, etc.

      However, unlike his Oscar-winning works (I don’t recall any being for acting), in this film, they’ll spend a lot of time wearing a mack, so viewers may forget its someone with talent instead of Bad-fleck.

    • Anonyomous Anonymous says:

      …Or we have seen BVS and The Superman film before that…and we want to love but they keep BLOWING IT! Over and Over!!!

      The waif they hired to play Wonder Woman is ridiculous and yes “daily turmoil” we HAVE BEEN WAITING THEIR WHOLE LIVES to see these movies and a Lynda Carter like W.W. to play in a movie…and for it not to be changed. Has anyone even noticed that this W.W. movie is set in WWI NOT WWII, against the Nazis, like it is SUPPOSED TO BE?

      …but I digress.

      Ben Affleck was HORRIBLE as Batman…Caville and his hairy chest was horrible and wrong as Superman…Dark hair, mean, tattoo Aquaman? Yeah, no! 5’2″ 110lb Wonder Woman with NO chest? Have you seen that ridiculous Flash costume? Shall I go on? The WB versions on TV have done a much better job casting these DC over the years. The movies (sans Nolan/Bale) have been awful. J.L. looks bad and W.W. does too. Affleck as Batman is criminal!

      • PaulPesci says:

        Yawn to all of you haters. Affleck was the most comic accurate batman to date and MoS and BvS are 2 of the greatest comic movies of all time. Here’s an idea… Watch something else. STOP BITCHING ONLINE ABOUT SOMETHING YOU HATE!!! Clowns…

    • loco73 says:

      “Hate the DC films all you want, but there are a great deal of people out there who have been waiting their whole lives for a connected-Universe of movies like this, “Justice League” and the other films (“Aquaman,” “Gotham City Sirens,” “Shazam,” and “The Flash”) to follow in the DCEU.”

      ——————————————————————————————————————————————-

      So if they’ve been waiting all their lives for these movies…dont’ they deserve something better than what they’ve got so far?!?!

  12. BonnieFlats says:

    You need a MUCH better actor than Affleck. He’s too wooden and quite frankly, not a very good actor.

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  14. Anonyomous Anonymous says:

    Nobody cares about whose going to direct this flaming pile now…The big question is, who is going to play Batman? After Ben Affleck was horrible BVS and will be worse in JLA!!!

    • Affleck was horrible in “Batman v Superman?” That’s funny. And glad you can see the future and know he’ll be even worse in “Justice League.” Thank God for the observations of people like you.

      • PaulPesci says:

        It’s almost like these sheep haven’t seen the movie, huh? Even reviewers who hated BvS thought Affleck nailed batman. Also, his Bruce was comparable in looks to the animated series Bruce.

        Every single time a DC article appears online these idiots can’t help but post their hate all over it. You’d think nearly a year after BvS they’d have found a new hobby.

      • Ima Right says:

        how can anybody be worst then George Clooney? he was. well maybe not.

      • Anonyomous Anonymous says:

        Affleck was horrible in “Batman v Superman?”

        YES! “daily turmoil” He was!!! You are the only person in the entire World that doesn’t think so. Not even mentioning the fact that Movie sucked too!

  15. enterfuntech says:

    The most promising things for me is that he not only has big budget experience which Affleck lacked (along with fucking phenomenal CGI in Dawn) but with that big budget he still created a story and character focused blockbuster.
    These cinematic universes thrive on character and having that as a focus would be good. Especially someone who knows how to craft a well rounded villain like Koba, and with Batman’s rogues gallery that will be great to see.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      I admit to knowing nothing about Reeves’ work.

      However, assuming for discussion’s sake everything you wrote is true, having the film be “character-focused” & able to “thrive on character” might require following Affleck’s stepping out of the director’s chair with kicking him out of the costume entirely. This may finally answer the question I posed when “Dawn Of Justice” was released (since I have young nephews)…

      Q: Why have Batman face Superman?
      A: So you can put the focus on the better actor(s) the majority of the film.

      • enterfuntech says:

        Yeah Dawn was character oriented but the story fell apart because of that. So I’m not sure that’s the best trade off. And Batman isn’t a CGI heavy character so that doesn’t matter too much

  16. Mac Hine says:

    Stepped Down? or Removed? after release of Live By Night film. – Ouch two times!

    • Dorsy says:

      No way in hell anyone removed him. That’s just your wishful thinking. He obviously came to his senses and realized you can’t direct a movie in which you are playing Batman, which would take up way too much time to finish.

      • cadavra says:

        1) THE ACCOUNTANT was hardly a failure: $150 million+ gross on a $44 million budget.

        2) Affleck directed three hits in a row (GONE BABY GONE, THE TOWN and ARGO, the last a Best Picture Oscar winner); one flop hardly brings his directing career to a screeching halt.

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        It is “wishful thinking” on YOUR part that it is wishful thinking on anyone else’s part.

        Best-case scenario? Ben leaving the movie altogether. Best-case scenario if you’re right, Dorsy, is he chose not to so both… In which case nobody from co-star to custodian fought him to change his mind.

        Regardless, why not just quote the article?

        “…but he will now have more time to focus on acting.” Yeah, like he often did when directing prior films. (Studios place movies on release dates, but often change them later without giving much-if-any explanation.) Likewise, I believe the first article I read on this same sight said him leaving the one job (not verbatim) had nothing to do with recent prior failures. (HA! Yeah, right.)

        Let’s all do the Math while schools are in session & Summer blockbuster season has yet to start: Those failures were “Accountant” & “…By Night”. What did they have in common? Lead & director (I believe both in both films) is/was Ben Affleck… Why doesn’t he step away from Jens, & perhaps marry actress (& birthday woman) Natalie Dormer? That way, his initials can say it all: BAD.

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