Matt Reeves Directing THE BATMAN
Late last month, Ben Affleck dropped out of directing The Batman. Affleck, who was to star and produce as well as direct, co-wrote the screenplay with head of DC Films Geoff Johns, and cited that he could not “do both jobs [directing and acting] to the level they require” as the reason for stepping down from the director’s chair.
It was quickly found out that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes) was in talks to take over, with Ridley Scott (The Martian) and Fede Alavarez (Don’t Breathe) standing as potential candidates. Last week, talks apparently fell through between studio Warner Bros. and Reeves, who seemed to walk away from the project. As of Thursday, a deal has been reached and Matt Reeves is officially the director of The Batman.
According to Deadline, negotiations reached a snag over a salary dispute, as “the studio tried to pay [Reeves] a salary lower than he could have gotten for doing another movie.”
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.