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Matt Reeves is in early talks to take over directing duties on The Batman after Ben Affleck stepped down from the role in late January. Affleck will still star in and produce the Warner Bros. movie.

Just weeks ago, Ben Affleck dropped out of the director’s chair due to fuzzy circumstances but did release a statement after his departure as The Batman‘s helmer. Here is Affleck’s full statement announcing his departure as director:

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. 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. Pictures then added: “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.” The studio moved quickly to find a replacement, and Reeves’ name shot to the top of the list.

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Matt Reeve’s on the set of the 2010 film Let Me In.

Writer and director Matt Reeves is probably best known for his work on the recent Planet Of The Apes movies, taking over for Rupert Wyatt on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and helming this year’s upcoming War For The Planet Of The Apes. He also directed Cloverfield for J.J. Abrams, suggesting he has a good idea of how to handle an action movie on both the macro and the micro scale

If that wasn’t enough changes over at Warner for The Batman, its script has also been the spotlight of concern in recent weeks. Originally penned by Affleck and Geoff Johns, it has now been rewritten by scribe Chris Terrio. Terrio won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Argo, and who also did a rewrite on Batman v Superman, probably at the request of Affleck after Argo‘s success.

The Batman is headed towards a likely 2019 release date, which means that the film should get in front of cameras late this year after Reeves finishes with War For The Planet Of The Apes, which is due out on July 14th.


Images: Warner Bros., DC, Paramount

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The Batman Finds New Director After Affleck’s Departure

With Ben Affleck no longer directing The Batman, Warner and DC have hired the War For The Planet Of The Apes director.

By Mitchell Corner | 02/13/2017 02:47 PM PT

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Matt Reeves is in early talks to take over directing duties on The Batman after Ben Affleck stepped down from the role in late January. Affleck will still star in and produce the Warner Bros. movie.

Just weeks ago, Ben Affleck dropped out of the director’s chair due to fuzzy circumstances but did release a statement after his departure as The Batman‘s helmer. Here is Affleck’s full statement announcing his departure as director:

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. 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. Pictures then added: “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.” The studio moved quickly to find a replacement, and Reeves’ name shot to the top of the list.

The Batman

Matt Reeve’s on the set of the 2010 film Let Me In.

Writer and director Matt Reeves is probably best known for his work on the recent Planet Of The Apes movies, taking over for Rupert Wyatt on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and helming this year’s upcoming War For The Planet Of The Apes. He also directed Cloverfield for J.J. Abrams, suggesting he has a good idea of how to handle an action movie on both the macro and the micro scale

If that wasn’t enough changes over at Warner for The Batman, its script has also been the spotlight of concern in recent weeks. Originally penned by Affleck and Geoff Johns, it has now been rewritten by scribe Chris Terrio. Terrio won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Argo, and who also did a rewrite on Batman v Superman, probably at the request of Affleck after Argo‘s success.

The Batman is headed towards a likely 2019 release date, which means that the film should get in front of cameras late this year after Reeves finishes with War For The Planet Of The Apes, which is due out on July 14th.


Images: Warner Bros., DC, Paramount

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Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario of the Great White North, Mitchell has written for GEEK, Portal 13, Grizzlybomb, and The Richest. Though his obsession for film often outweighs everything else, his writing includes reviews and editorials on TV, digital media, and all things Geeky.