Batman Film Finds New Director
Variety announced over the weekend that Warner Brothers has hired Matt Reeves to direct the Batman standalone film. Matt Reeves, who has been shepherding the Planet of the Apes franchise at Fox (after replacing the initial director there) will be the new director after Ben Affleck stepped down. Affleck remains star, producer, and co-writer of the screenplay. At the time of his departure, Affleck said he wanted to focus on acting for the film. Given the rocky start to the DC Comics Extended Universe, it obviously set off numerous rumors.
This was also not the first time a DC Comics film lost its director. Wonder Woman lost its original director, Michelle MacLaren, and The Flash has seen two directors, Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa, depart from the film. Those cases cited creative differences versus a director who had to also be star, producer, and writer.
From Apes To Batman
Reeves was on a shortlist of directors at Warner Brothers to replace Affleck. He is currently in post-production of the latest Apes film, War for The Planet Of The Apes. Filming for the upcoming Batman standalone film, originally intended for this summer might be pushed back until later in the year. Variety notes that this will give Affleck time to focus more energy on his acting career after a very busy 2016. Additional good news for The Batman is that both Warner Brother and Affleck love the current draft of the film.
Affleck will next be seen as Batman in Justice League in November. The Batman, originally intended for a 2018 release, might be pushed back to 2019 or even later.
Word of the Nerd will continue to keep an eye on this developing story.
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