Matt Reeves in talks to direct Ben Affleck in The Batman


Last month, Ben Affleck announced he would no longer direct the new Batman movie. There was speculation that the actor was bummed out by the negative response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and his recent directorial effort Live by Night. Matt Reeves is now being tapped to direct The Batman. The deal is not finalized.

Reeves would be an interesting choice for the project. He’s come a long way from the original Cloverfield. He’s remade Let the Right One In, delivered a solid picture with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and might have made a solid Apes sequel with War for the Planet of the Apes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez may be offered The Batman if Reeves declines.

It’s been reported that the script Affleck co-wrote with Geoff Johns is being reworked by Chris Terrio, and may undergo further rewrites. Apparently Affleck and Warner Bros. higher-ups are happy enough with the new script, which means The Batman may be moving forward soon.

What do you think of Matt Reeves making The Batman? Is there another director you preferred? Is the DC cinematic universe something you’re interested in? Speak up in the comments. And come closer–I can’t hear you, what with my age and all.

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Hubert Vigilla
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