Matt Reeves Exits Talks to Direct The Batman

Posted 2017/02/18 3165 0

In another setback for the highly-anticipated superhero tentpole, talks have broken down between Warner Bros. and Matt Reeves about becoming the director of “The Batman,” Variety has confirmed.


"A studio source confirms that negotiations have broken down," according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The possibility, however, exists that talks could resume when heads cool. The studio is intent on making the movie no matter what as the Batman franchise has proven to bigger than one person."

According to a source, all parties including Affleck seemed to share a similar creative vision with Reeves early on, and it’s unclear why the talks fell apart. However, Reeves is currently deep in post-production on the VFX-intensive War for the Planet of the Apes, so it’s possible Warner Bros. was intent on starting production on The Batman ASAP and Reeves wanted to take his time.

The news comes after star Ben Affleck vacated the director’s chair in order to focus on playing the Caped Crusader.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement on Jan. 30. “Performing this role demands focus, passion, and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Warner Bros. still hasn't set a release date for The Batman, and it remains to be seen when production may begin, once a new director is found. Chris Terrio (Justice League, Batman v Superman) recently provided a rewrite on The Batman, which was originally written by both Ben Affleck and DC Films President Geoff Johns. The Batman isn't the only DC movie with directorial troubles. Seth Grahame-Smith was originally set to make his directorial debut on The Flash before he backed out, which lead to Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) to step in, although he later left the project as well. The Flash still hasn't found a director at this time.