Things seemingly weren’t looking good for Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie. First there was the fallout of Batman v Superman which was panned by critics and rocked Affleck pretty hard – #SadAffleck. Then there was the uncertainty with the script, which Affleck had repeatedly said variations of “it’s ready when it’s ready” and “I won’t do it unless it’s perfect”. With the culminating pressure of starring in, writing, and directing one of the biggest comic book licenses of all time, Affleck had made the shocking announcement that he will no longer be directing The Batman. Some fans, of course, went into a tale spin over this, thinking the project was dead, that Affleck is done with Batman, and that he’s keeping his apathy silenced until Justice League rolls out.

Well, weary not Batfleck fans. The Batman is still on. The script is good. Affleck will once again don those Bat tights. And as word would have it, a replacement director has just been solidified. 

Over the last few weeks, names likes  Gavin O’Connor, Denis Villeneuve, Ridley Scott, Fede Alvarez and George Miller have swirled around the net as possible directorial candidates for The Batman. But Warner Bros has chosen Matt Reeves, and unless something falls through in negotiations, Reeves will direct the next Batman movie.

Matt Reeves is the director of The Pallbearer, Cloverfield, Let Me In and the two Planet of the Apes sequels, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes.

Matt is a capable enough director for sure, with an knack for balance and tone. Still, it would have been nice to see an Academy Award winner like Affleck have a full go at it. For the most part he still is. The Batman is still very much he and Geof John’s script, and one would imagine he’s gonna be in the ear of Matt Reeves at every step.

Oh, and as far as any script concerns go. Via a scoop from Variety reporter Justin Scroll,  a script for The Batman was turned in a month ago and that everyone at Warner Bros., including President and Chief Content Officer Toby Emmerich and Ben Affleck are “very happy” with it!

Wow, really, and to think that a figurehead of a company would ever say the product he is selling is good. What the hell else would say, right? But consider that, should that report from Justin Scroll be true, the status of Batman is now no longer that up in the air mess. It’s happening, and perhaps much better positioned than media sites (including ours) thought it was.

via: THR + Batman-News




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