Matt Reeves is Definitely Directing ‘The Batman’

Ben Affleck as Batman

Earlier this month it was reported that Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) would be directing Warner Bros.’ upcoming solo Batman film, simply titled The Batman, following Ben Affleck’s departure from directing responsibilities. In the weeks following this news, additional reports came out stating that negotiations with Reeves had ceased and nothing was set in stone. Considering Warner Bros.’ track record with their other upcoming projects, including The Flash, which has already lost a number of directors, it seemed likely that The Batman would follow suit.

It’s been announced that Matt Reeves is definitely set to direct and produce The Batman. President and Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Picture Group, Toby Emmerich, confirmed this update with the following statement:

We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of [The] 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 this next journey.

The Batman will continue to be written by DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and co-producer and star Ben Affleck. Affleck’s Batman will face-off against Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, longtime DC Comics villain and character popularized in recent years on The CW series Arrow. The film is still slated to be released in 2018, but considering what has occurred in recent months it wouldn’t be surprising if Warner Bros. pushed this project back to 2019. In the meantime we still have Wonder Woman and Justice League to look forward to in 2017.