While Ben Affleck is still heavily involved in the production of Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC film, The Batman, serving as producer, co-writer along with Geoff Johns, and starring in the titular role, he has recently decided to step back from the director’s chair. This can be seen as a good thing, as it gives Affleck more time to polish up the script and focus on the role, but it temporarily left Warner Bros. scrambling to find a replacement director. Warner Bros. has now found that replacement in Matt Reeves.
A strong choice for the job, Reeves has directed a few solid, acclaimed films including Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. This isn’t the first time Reeves has served as a replacement, having replaced Rupert Wyatt on the successful sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
With these recent shake-ups regarding The Batman, it’s likely the film will release in 2019 rather than the scheduled date in 2018. As for the script, both Warner Bros. and Ben Affleck are reportedly very happy with how it’s turned out. Hopefully, Affleck leaving the director’s chair and Reeves taking his place is the last major shake-up this film will endure.