‘The Batman’ Officially Signs Matt Reeves as Director

Matt Reeves Batman Movie
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Matt Reeves has closed a deal to direct “The Batman.”

Reeves took over the reins as director after Ben Affleck stepped aside to focus on starring as the Caped Crusader. Reeves will also produce the movie.

News broke last week that negotiations had collapsed, but that there was a strong possibility that they could resume. WB had offered Reeves the directing gig two weeks ago after Affleck exited the film.

Sources stressed last week that it was a priority for the studio to sign a helmer as soon as possible in order to move the pre-production forward.


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“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child,” Reeves said. “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.”

Reeves, Affleck, and the studio can now focus on moving the film into production and begin casting. Sources indicate that Chris Terrio turned in a script that pleased both the studio and Affleck. A release date has not been set yet for the superhero tentpole.

This marks Reeves’ first comic book adaptation. The filmmaker helped launch the “Cloverfield” franchise and reinvent the “Planet of the Apes” series, with “War for the Planet of the Apes” bowing this summer.

Reeves is repped by CAA.

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  1. sameera says:

    Very Cool post. I saw 2 movies of wb’s planet of the apes and rise of the planet of the apes. I like both of the movie and I am waiting for “War for the Planet of the Apes”.

  2. Caligula says:

    Recast Affleck and we got a film!

  3. John says:

    We don’t want to see Affleck as Batman. Plain and simple.

  4. “Pleased” with the script? Uh oh, I do hope this doesn’t mean Affleck ultimately just gave up on getting the script as tight as it can be. If the script is mediocre than every thing that follows will be as well. But let’s hope I’m wrong.

  5. Reeves directing, confirmed. Affleck is still Batman, confirmed. There’s a lesson here, people. Dont believe a @johncampea scoop. #fakenews

    • JoeKing says:

      Campea? The guy who said he was leaving Collider for bigger better things? Three months later he returns to Collider, so much for bigger better things, LMAO!!…

  6. Vessy says:

    Hope marvel also makes some serious decision unlike making a joke everytime!!!

  7. Dunstan says:

    Audiences will flock to this stuff no matter who stars, writes or directs but the endless repetition is mind-numbing.

  8. Cass says:


    • sam2090 says:

      Seriously? Have you seen his take on Planet of the Apes? I bet you used the same word when Ledger was cast as the Joker

      • PaulPesci says:

        @Caligula Dude, you’ve replied to nearly every comment here. You obviously don’t like the movies so WHY ARE YOU BOTHERING TO COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU HATE? Get a new hobby you utter clown.

      • Caligula says:

        Don’t be a douche-the DC movies thus far have been pretty awful. Suicide Squad was some what decent

  9. Bill B. says:

    Who cares! Glad Affleck backed out. Wish he’d back out of the role as well. After his career became a joke, he became a serious film maker/actor. This is not the direction he should have gone. I can only think he is doing this to make money for films he really wants to make.

    • PaulPesci says:

      Shut yo face troll!

      • PaulPesci says:

        @Caligula That’s not what he said though is it you utter twat? He dissed Affleck wishing he’d back out of the role.

        “widely known”… lol, suck it dude. It’s widely known by ignoramuses and loudmouth haters who can’t stop bashing a movie nearly a year after it came out. MoS and BvS are 2 of teh best comic movies of ALL TIME. SS was trashy fun. You might not like them but saying it’s “widely known” just paints you as a sheep.

      • Caligula says:

        hes no troll, dumb ass-its widely known that the DC movies have been utter shiitt

  10. Spider says:

    Not a bad choice at all. Note to WB execs: Be sure to back the hell off and LET Reeves make the movie he wants to make. GIVE HIM FINAL CUT!

    • Vessy says:

      WB is better than Marvel or disney by infinite times… Disney takes all liberties and make joke of a movie… Definitely its better with WB’s serious tone

    • Dunstan says:

      Spider, since Reeves has already signed on, he either has final cut in his deal or he doesn’t. Pleading with WB is kind of useless.

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