Well, that wasn’t as long and painful as we all thought it would be.
Variety reports that Matt Reeves has been offered and has accepted the position of director on The Batman. The same role that Ben Affleck reluctantly walked away from just weeks ago.
Reeves is no stranger to big budget fantasy films having directed the highly successful Cloverfield and also replaced director Rupert Wyatt as director of the Planet of the Apes sequel which helped to reboot the franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
In his Jan. 30th announcement regarding his departure from the Director’s chair on the project, Ben Affleck professed:
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said at the time. “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.”
Affleck, who also wrote the screenplay with comic book scribe Geoff Johns, will retain the role as executive producer of the film and star in it as well. Meanwhile, Reeves’ present project, War for the Planet of the Apes, sits currently in post-production and is scheduled to hit theaters in July. As long as it stays on this schedule, it shouldn’t provide any conflict in terms of time with the commencement of production on The Batman.
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