Warner Bros. has confirmed that negotiations with War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves to direct The Batman fell through this week. Reeves was announced as Ben Affleck’s possible replacement last week.
The Batman‘s Failing Batplan
The Batman franchise is having a weird year. On one hand, The Lego Batman Movie is a crowd-pleasing money-making machine. On the other hand, his first solo film in over half a decade keeps running into snags. Ben Affleck had been attached as director on the solo Batman film since it was first announced. However, Affleck left the project at the end of January, stating that:
“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.”
Following Affleck’s departure, Matt Reeves quickly filled the vacant slot. Unfortunately, a representative for Warner Bros. confirmed that Reeves exited negotiations to direct. No reason was given for the exit, but The Hollywood Reporter noted that negotiations could resume “after heads cool.” Either way, things are not looking good for The Batman.
The DCEU’s Next Move
On the whole, the DCEU is not what one would call a success. To be sure, the movies make money, but the critical and audience response is lackluster at best. Also, The Batman is not the only DCEU picture to have a revolving door of talent behind the camera. The Flash is having similar directorial woes. And, by all appearances, David Ayer is no longer directing Suicide Squad 2. However, the buzz for Wonder Woman is steady and rising and Aquaman is well into production with no SNAFUS as well. Yes, Batman is in turmoil. And, yes, Matt Reeves would have been an incredible talent for the film. But, hopefully, the DCEU still has some tricks up its sleeves. DC features a bevy of cool characters begging for screen time. Perhaps it’s time to shelve the more “tentpole” characters and show some love to the lesser known parts of the DC canon. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!