Matt Reeves Will Direct ‘The Batman’ After All

By February 23, 2017

The negotiations were on, and then they were off. But in the end, Warner Bros. got its man, signing a deal with Cloverfield director Matt Reeves to take on The Batman.

Reeves officially replaces star Ben Affleck at the helm, who left that particular job last month citing concern of handling both his acting and directing responsibilities.

In a prepared statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves said he has loved Batman since he was a young boy.

“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.”

This all comes after Reeves reportedly walked away from the negotiations over the weekend that left the project in serious jeopardy. At the time, trade publications said those talks could resume at any moment, and it’s likely any deal Reeves signs would be for multiple pictures.

Warner Bros., however, did not release any such details about additional films beyond this solo effort from Affleck.

Reeves work as a director includes both television (FelicityConviction) and films (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes). He’s also working on a pilot for Fox, The Passage, based on the Justin Cronin vampire novel.

Warner Bros. still has not issued a release date for The Batman, but at least right now, it stars Affleck, J.K. Simmons and Joe Manganiello.

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.
  • John Ikarus

    Kevin Smith should direct Batman!
    He did a good job directing The Flash and Supergirl