Another day, another update on the ongoing saga that is The Batman.
Alas, director Matt Reeves appears to be poised to take a trip to Gotham City for Affleck’s first solo Batman film.
The director – who previously helmed Cloverfield, Let Me In and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – is reportedly on the Warner Bros. shortlist to take over The Batman. He made his directorial debut with the 1996 David Schwimmer comedy The Pallbearer and co-created Felicity with Abrams before eventually returning to the big screen to direct the Abrams-produced monster movie Cloverfield in 2008.
Now Variety reports his involvement in The Batman is all but a sure thing. While a deal isn’t locked in yet, Reeves reportedly is committed to the project, though conflicting reports remain unclear about the current status of the film’s script. Forbes reported this week the creative team was starting from scratch, but according to Variety’s own Justin Kroll, this might not be the case after all.
No matter what script The Batman winds up with, Reeves is a credible choice. His filmography to date demonstrates a real flair for visual style, and his work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes proves he has what it takes to handle big-budget effects and a tried-and-true franchise.
It didn’t hurt that Dawn grossed $703.5 million globally.
Moreover, the brooding character of Batman – especially with Affleck’s current incarnation – requires a certain level of bleakness and gloom, and Reeves’ films of late have an appropriately dark tone in place, which should carry over nicely to The Batman.
Given the behind-the-scenes shakeups the film has experienced, it’s possible filming may be pushed from its anticipated spring start date until later in the year. Now that Reeves is onboard though, perhaps The Batman can finally get back on track.
Affleck’s performance, according to many, was one of the highlights of Batman v Superman. With any luck, his first solo film in the DC extended universe will only build off of what was already so well-established in Snyder’s release.
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