'The Batman' Officially Hires Matt Reeves as Director After Ben Affleck Steps Down
By Alex Ungerman
The Batman has a new director.
Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield) has signed on to helm the DC Comics movie, after the film's star, Ben Affleck, stepped down as director last month.
"We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate," Warner Bros. president Toby Emmerich said in a statement. "Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey.”
“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," Reeves said in a statement. "I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”
Affleck told ET he wouldn't be directing the movie in January, explaining that he didn't want to spread himself too thin.
"There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions," Affleck wrote. "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 began his turn as Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and has completed filming his performance in Justice League, opening Nov. 17.