Warner Bros needed this one. Badly. With bad news on top of bad news in regards to the DC Universe, they finally landed themselves a win. And, to be fair, this could have been more of the same bad news. After watching Ben Affleck slip off the director's chair for The Batman, the studio reached out to director Matt Reeves as a possible replacement. The offer was made about two weeks back and, according to insiders, the negotiations collapsed fairly quickly. Not sure what brought the director back to the table, but I can only assume some desperation came into play. On Warner Bros' side, at least.
And now they have Matt Reeves, with both parties confirming that the writer slash director is definitely taking the helm of The Batman. For now. Yeah, I know, I'm being pessimistic, but with so many bumps in the road, it's hard to imagine smooth sailing from this point on.
As an added perk, Reeves has scripting experience. So definitely expect him to put his own touches on whatever "finished" script is placed in his hands.
Reeves Takes the Helm of Batman
According to inside sources, Warner Bros has been expediting the hiring of another director for The Batman. All to ensure the studio didn't end up with another The Flash, where everyone watched the wheels quickly fall off that production. While we can only assume Warner Bros made an er, attractive offer to Reeves, it also helps that he is a fan of the franchise.
“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child,” Reeves said. “He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. 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.”
If you've never heard of Reeves, he will have the chance to prove himself in 2017 with the release of War for the Planet of the Apes. Not only did he direct the film, but he also wrote the script. If you are impatient, then I should point out that this is also the dude that directed Cloverfield, Let Me In and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Impressed yet?
The Batman Moving Forward
With the hiring of Matt Reeves, Warner Bros has now put their casting team into high gear. And, as another bit of good news, it is also being reported that a completed script has been turned in by Chris Terrio. Is the script good? No leaks to confirm either way, but supposedly Warner Bros and Affleck are happy with it.