Warner Bros. have confirmed that Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will direct and produce the forthcoming The Batman.
The announcement was made by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
In the official press release, Emmerich said:
“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.”
What’s interesting about this statement is that Ben Affleck isn’t mentioned. At all.
Affleck stepped down as director of this stand-alone movie in January, but he has already reprised the role of Batman for Zack Snyder in Justice League (due for release in November 2017).
While Affleck is still officially attached to the role, it’s safe to assume that the overwhelmingly negative reaction to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – combined with the critical and commercial drubbing of Live by Night – has left a bad taste.
The complete non-reference to Affleck is probably nothing, but still…
Warner Bros. have scheduled The Batman for release in 2018.