Published: Sun, February 12, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

New Batman Movie In Talks With Director To Replace Ben Affleck

Variety is reporting that short list favourite Matt Reeves is in early talks to direct The Batman movie after Ben Affleck stepped down in January. Variety says that he has already agreed, so at this point we probably just need some signed paperwork to make it a done deal.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has offered the gig to Matt Reeves, who directed Cloverfield, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and War For The Planet Of The Apes. The question now is when the film will start production. They even hint at the possibility ("on the low end of odds") that Affleck may not don the cape and cowl at all for The Batman.

His projects that had taken up his busy schedule include the Justice League movie, Suicide Squad, Live By Night, The Accountant, and Batman v. Superman.

"Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give", Affleck said in a statement.

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Reeves is now in post production on "War for the Planet of the Apes", which bows this July, but should have no trouble seguing into "The Batman" prep. After making waves with the horror features Cloverfied and Let Me In, he took over the burgeoning Planet of the Apes franchise with 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. "It has become clear that I can not do both jobs to the level they require", Affleck said in a statement confirming that he will still appear as The Dark Knight.

Reeves was high up on the shortlist of directors Warner Bros. was eyeing, and his knack for mixing insane science-fiction with darker human elements certainly shows why. Aside from Ben Affleck playing the Caped Crusader, Joe Manganiello has been cast to play the villain Deathstroke, with J.K. Simmons playing Commissioner Gordon and Jeremy Irons returning to play Alfred.

The Batman movie has no details beyond that as there is no release date, and now it may not shoot in the summer as previously anticipated. Let us know in the comments! Before that, the DCEU will continue this year with 'Wonder Woman, ' opening in United Kingdom cinemas on 2 June, and 'Justice League, ' opening 17 November. So, uhh, good job guys, you screwed up the unscrewup-able (I'm so darn mad I'm inventing new words).

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