Despite earlier reports that Matt Reeves was no longer in consideration to take over the director’s chair on The Batman for Warner Bros, Reeves has been confirmed to direct the role, Comicbook.com reports. Furthermore, Ben Affleck took to Twitter to congratulate the director and confirm he is still playing Bruce Wayne/Batman.
The Batman Lands A Director
We’ve already talked about the production woes facing the DCEU. Several films in the universe are facing major delays and having trouble securing directors. And last week, The Batman appeared to be the latest victim of those problems. Discussions between Warner Bros. and director Matt Reeves broke down and rumors swirled about Ben Affleck wanting out of the role. The drama stemmed from Reeves using the DCEU’s poor reputation to leverage the studio for more money and a producer credit. This falls in line with the narrative that talks were never off the table, but merely on pause “until heads cool.” Fortunately for DC fans, all is back in order at Wayne Manor and the film is moving forward with Reeves and Affleck.
The Press Release
Warner Bros. President and Chief Content Officer, Toby Emmerich, said in a press release:
“We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate. 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 his next journey.”
Reeves seemed equally enthusiastic about putting his spin on The World’s Greatest Detective:
“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 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.”
This all sounds great. Every Batman fan should be excited to have Reeves on board as director, regardless of their feelings about the DCEU currently. He knows what he’s doing and continually surprises with his Planet of the Apes movies. However, one key element was absent from the press release: Ben Affleck.
Affleck Isn’t Going Anywhere
Many noted that the press release was conspicuously void of any mention of Ben Affleck. They quickly pointed out that the press release announcing James Wan as the director of Aquaman mentioned Jason Momoa’s name three times as well as in the headline. Rumors ran amok that Affleck stepped down from directing the film because he was unhappy with the script. And that a departure from the role was imminent. But, Affleck took to Twitter, congratulating Reeves on his new role and confirming he is still playing Batman.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) February 24, 2017
It’s easy to be cynical about the DCEU. The films are lukewarm at best, and borderline unwatchable at worst. However, Warner Brothers’ seems to be listening to the valid criticisms and preparing a major course correction. Last year, Warner Bros. sent a group of film critics to the set of The Justice League to prove their commitment to delivering high-quality films. And they have been ambitious about the talent they are courting behind the camera for the next installments in the DCEU. All signs point to the DCEU attempting to turn over a new leaf. Remember, nobody sets out to make a bad movie on purpose. Particularly when those movies cost hundreds of millions of dollars. So, with an excellent director and an excellent actor on board, the future for The Batman looks bright. Well, as bright as it can for a character nicknamed The Dark Knight.