Finally! The white smoke! Matt Reeves has signed on to direct The Batman which will star Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight. After seemingly turning down the job due to a negotiation breakdown, Reeves is now taking over from Affleck, who recently stepped away from directing duties. He sighted that he wouldn’t be able to both direct and star in a Batman film whilst doing the movie the justice (no pun intended) it deserves.
Reeves says, “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 honoured and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”
Ever since Affleck said he’d like to direct and star in a solo Batman movie, the pressure has been on. It’s been painfully unfair on him, the undo demand he appeared to be under from merely mentioning it was shocking. The consistent speculation in the media regarding when it’ll happen, plus always being asked about it despite the fact that he was working on another project at the time, Live by Night.
Affleck released this statement in January, “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.”
Affleck, Reeves and the studio can now focus on production of the movie which feels like it’s been a long time coming. Rumour has it that Chris Terrio has written a script which both Affleck and the studio is happy with. At the moment there is no set release date for The Batman.
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