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Update: Matt Reeves no longer in talks to helm Ben Affleck's Batman film

02.17.2017

Update: It seems that Matt Reeves may not be the one to direct Warner Bros.' standalone Batman film after all. THR reports that "negotiations have broken down" and that Reeves has exited the talks. This doesn't mean that talks with Reeves won't resume after a time, but the studio likely wants someone at the helm sooner rather than later.

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Despite confirming that he would indeed be directing the film just weeks prior, Ben Affleck later decided that he was not able to "do both jobs to the level they require" and dropped out of directing Warner Bros.' standalone Batman film. The search was on for a director and one of the names which was revealed to be the frontrunner for the job was WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES director Matt Reeves.

The folks over at Warner Bros. work quickly and it seems that the offer to direct Ben Affleck's Bat-Flick has officially gone out and Reeves is currently in talks with the studio to take on the gig. Matt Reeves is also still in the middle of post-production on WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, but that's not likely to be an issue as production on the Batman film will likely be pushed back while they finalize the script and make way for a new director to take the helm. There are other director's waiting in the wings should the deal with Reeves fall apart, THR added that the studio was also looking at Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez. As a big fan of both of Reeves' APES movies, I feel fairly good about this choice should his deal go through, but what do you folks think of Matt Reeves taking on THE BATMAN?

Matt Reeves' WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES opens on July 14, 2017 and JUSTICE LEAGUE, which will Batman's next appearance, will hit theaters on November 17, 2017.

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5:19PM on 02/18/2017
Why not ask Tim Burton. Still my favourite Batman-director! Glad Matt Reeves is out. He's is overrated. Dawn of the Apes was dull and forgettable.
Why not ask Tim Burton. Still my favourite Batman-director! Glad Matt Reeves is out. He's is overrated. Dawn of the Apes was dull and forgettable.
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9:36PM on 02/18/2017
I loved his batman movies but they've moved on from the gothic vibe.
Burton has too many knowing winks in his movies for 2017 imo
I loved his batman movies but they've moved on from the gothic vibe.
Burton has too many knowing winks in his movies for 2017 imo
4:34PM on 02/18/2017

Damn......

its a shame about this news. I just don't know why someone can't make a Batman movie as entertaining and full of great action like the Lego Batman Movie. That had no trouble getting made and its freaking CGI!
its a shame about this news. I just don't know why someone can't make a Batman movie as entertaining and full of great action like the Lego Batman Movie. That had no trouble getting made and its freaking CGI!
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1:39AM on 02/22/2017
I'm confused. So you want Batman to be a kids movie? I saw the LEGO Batman movie. It is a suoerb Batman movie for kids, but is merely decent for adults.
I'm confused. So you want Batman to be a kids movie? I saw the LEGO Batman movie. It is a suoerb Batman movie for kids, but is merely decent for adults.
10:28AM on 02/18/2017

Weird

Weird how every director attached has ran for the hills. I imagine they see the direction of the DCEU and don't want their names attached. DC must hate their fans based on the recent shit movies they have put out. As an avid Batman fan, I hate seeing the stories and characters get abused this badly. Please reboot DCEU immediately.
Weird how every director attached has ran for the hills. I imagine they see the direction of the DCEU and don't want their names attached. DC must hate their fans based on the recent shit movies they have put out. As an avid Batman fan, I hate seeing the stories and characters get abused this badly. Please reboot DCEU immediately.
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2:45PM on 02/18/2017
You're nuts thinking that they'll reboot this far into the storyline with all of their characters and films already established.

Maybe DC should just cancel the Flash cw series instead.
You're nuts thinking that they'll reboot this far into the storyline with all of their characters and films already established.

Maybe DC should just cancel the Flash cw series instead.
10:52AM on 02/20/2017
Warner Brothers makes these films, not DC. Stop blaming DC for WB's fuck ups. It's like blaming the butcher when you overcook your steak. You probably do that too.
Warner Brothers makes these films, not DC. Stop blaming DC for WB's fuck ups. It's like blaming the butcher when you overcook your steak. You probably do that too.
1:37AM on 02/22/2017
It is too late to reboot unless they just stopped and started again in about a decade. You will just confuse mainstream audiences, otherwise.

The better option is to just take the potential that is currently there and fully capitalize on it.
It is too late to reboot unless they just stopped and started again in about a decade. You will just confuse mainstream audiences, otherwise.

The better option is to just take the potential that is currently there and fully capitalize on it.
10:07AM on 02/18/2017

This will never be made

Justice League Part 2 will happen sooner than planned, then they will finish the solo films (if they ever get Flash and Cyborg directors to stick with the program). Then it will be scrapped and we will get a new universe. Nothing good has happened to the behind the scenes of these solo films and Affleck doesn't want to be Batman anymore (already...).

So he will do Justice League part 2 and be done with the role and the solo Batman movie that we were supposed to get will be recast and start
Justice League Part 2 will happen sooner than planned, then they will finish the solo films (if they ever get Flash and Cyborg directors to stick with the program). Then it will be scrapped and we will get a new universe. Nothing good has happened to the behind the scenes of these solo films and Affleck doesn't want to be Batman anymore (already...).

So he will do Justice League part 2 and be done with the role and the solo Batman movie that we were supposed to get will be recast and start the new universe series.
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7:01AM on 02/18/2017
This news about Reeves never should have been leaked. It seems pretty clear to me that after Ben's departure as director WB wanted to assure people that everything was going to be fine because they had a deal with another talented director in the works, but they let the news drop before it was official and now they've taken two steps back in their quest to appease fans. At this point, just show us more cool shit from WW, JL, and Aquaman --films that we can have some hope for -- and go radio
This news about Reeves never should have been leaked. It seems pretty clear to me that after Ben's departure as director WB wanted to assure people that everything was going to be fine because they had a deal with another talented director in the works, but they let the news drop before it was official and now they've taken two steps back in their quest to appease fans. At this point, just show us more cool shit from WW, JL, and Aquaman --films that we can have some hope for -- and go radio silent on Flash and Batman until you have something promising that won't fall to pieces two weeks later.
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4:15AM on 02/18/2017
Well it really looks like the studio bosses are the real problem here, it seems they just want a slave director who cant have his own input or thoughts about the movie. If that really is the case then Mel Gibson will never direct a dc movie either.
Well it really looks like the studio bosses are the real problem here, it seems they just want a slave director who cant have his own input or thoughts about the movie. If that really is the case then Mel Gibson will never direct a dc movie either.
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10:58PM on 02/17/2017
And Affleck is trying to quit Batman altogether: [link]3Famp
And Affleck is trying to quit Batman altogether: [link]3Famp
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1:30AM on 02/18/2017
John Campea made up that rumor and he has since taken it back.
John Campea made up that rumor and he has since taken it back.
2:13AM on 02/18/2017
Link?
Link?
10:03PM on 02/17/2017
Or quite honestly, just get Zack Snyder to direct the solo Batman film and if Snyder wants a break then just let him direct Justice League 2, and give George Miller Man of Steel 2 to direct.
Or quite honestly, just get Zack Snyder to direct the solo Batman film and if Snyder wants a break then just let him direct Justice League 2, and give George Miller Man of Steel 2 to direct.
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10:09AM on 02/18/2017
Or we keep Snyder far away from ruining the solo Batman movie altogether. It sounds like the studio gave him too much power and he is driving away all the talent single handedly.
Or we keep Snyder far away from ruining the solo Batman movie altogether. It sounds like the studio gave him too much power and he is driving away all the talent single handedly.
2:50PM on 02/18/2017
Well, there are some of us who enjoy and appreciate Snyder's work and impact on the DCEU. He would be the most reliable and safest choice (other than Affleck himself) at this moment).
Well, there are some of us who enjoy and appreciate Snyder's work and impact on the DCEU. He would be the most reliable and safest choice (other than Affleck himself) at this moment).
7:03PM on 02/18/2017
Most reliable and safest choice? He made a Batman/Superman movie which significantly under-performed financially and critically. In addition, he hamstrung the the individual movies and their potential directors with his creative decisions.
Most reliable and safest choice? He made a Batman/Superman movie which significantly under-performed financially and critically. In addition, he hamstrung the the individual movies and their potential directors with his creative decisions.
1:32AM on 02/22/2017
He has been a very divisive filmmaker. Keeping him would be the risky choice, not the safe one.
He has been a very divisive filmmaker. Keeping him would be the risky choice, not the safe one.
9:45PM on 02/17/2017
I think Affleck IS still the best option to direct this solo Batman film. Just because his last film didn't do as well as people thought it would have doesn't mean he should have stepped down entirely. The guy is a great director and would deliver something really special if he were to just gain his confidence back.
I think Affleck IS still the best option to direct this solo Batman film. Just because his last film didn't do as well as people thought it would have doesn't mean he should have stepped down entirely. The guy is a great director and would deliver something really special if he were to just gain his confidence back.
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7:00PM on 02/18/2017
I get the distinct feeling Affleck wants to wash his hands of the DCEU. Both as director and actor. I would not be surprised if JL was the last we saw of him.
I get the distinct feeling Affleck wants to wash his hands of the DCEU. Both as director and actor. I would not be surprised if JL was the last we saw of him.
7:24PM on 02/17/2017
Well, that sucks. Maybe have Mel Gibson have a chance of selecting his choice of either Suicide Squad or the solo Batman film??

I still like the idea of Gavin O'Connor being the one to helm this new solo Batman film.
Well, that sucks. Maybe have Mel Gibson have a chance of selecting his choice of either Suicide Squad or the solo Batman film??

I still like the idea of Gavin O'Connor being the one to helm this new solo Batman film.
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1:30AM on 02/22/2017
Didn't Mel Gibson recently say that superhero movies were stupid?
Didn't Mel Gibson recently say that superhero movies were stupid?
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7:17PM on 02/17/2017
Sounds like they want to fast track this movie.
Sounds like they want to fast track this movie.
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7:11PM on 02/17/2017
Cary Fukunaga!!!!!
Cary Fukunaga!!!!!
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7:09PM on 02/17/2017
Lol figures. Warner Bros is not kind to filmmakers not named Nolan.
Lol figures. Warner Bros is not kind to filmmakers not named Nolan.
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12:42PM on 02/13/2017
He's a good choice for Batman. He handles darker material well while balancing the heavy stuff with action and entertainment. In Theory, this should be a perfect match-up.
He's a good choice for Batman. He handles darker material well while balancing the heavy stuff with action and entertainment. In Theory, this should be a perfect match-up.
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4:36AM on 02/12/2017
The Wachowskis would make an awesome CATWOMAN movie.
The Wachowskis would make an awesome CATWOMAN movie.
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12:11PM on 02/11/2017
Based on Reeves body of work, I think he'd be a great director for this, lol anybody that has made a high budget high quality film should be considered, unlike Snyder whos proven OVER AND OVER again hes a man of visuals, great for comic book, but unfortunately not so great for comic book MOVIES. And if Ben Affleck's reasoning for not taking on directing duties was so he could focus on acting, I say I agree 100% he should focus on acting cuz the guy cant act for shit.
Based on Reeves body of work, I think he'd be a great director for this, lol anybody that has made a high budget high quality film should be considered, unlike Snyder whos proven OVER AND OVER again hes a man of visuals, great for comic book, but unfortunately not so great for comic book MOVIES. And if Ben Affleck's reasoning for not taking on directing duties was so he could focus on acting, I say I agree 100% he should focus on acting cuz the guy cant act for shit.
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10:33AM on 02/11/2017
While Scott would be able to make an interesting movie, i can imagine him clashing with others' ideas and butting heads often. I think a greener Reeves would better translate Affleck's vision.
While Scott would be able to make an interesting movie, i can imagine him clashing with others' ideas and butting heads often. I think a greener Reeves would better translate Affleck's vision.
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7:07AM on 02/11/2017
Andy Serkis for Clayface
Andy Serkis for Clayface
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6:59AM on 02/11/2017

Good choice

Good choice , ridley scott got out done by James cameron when it came to those alien movies , aliens 2 which James directed were far better than anything ridely directed in the whole franchise .
Good choice , ridley scott got out done by James cameron when it came to those alien movies , aliens 2 which James directed were far better than anything ridely directed in the whole franchise .
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4:59AM on 02/11/2017
I'm certainly okay with Reeves being the director.... but would love Ridley Scott to be the director. Scott & Batman seem like a dream pairing to me.

I guess there's the question on if Scott would make a film that would still fit with the DCEU, or if he'd have to do it exactly his way.

But I think it'd be worth the risk.
I'm certainly okay with Reeves being the director.... but would love Ridley Scott to be the director. Scott & Batman seem like a dream pairing to me.

I guess there's the question on if Scott would make a film that would still fit with the DCEU, or if he'd have to do it exactly his way.

But I think it'd be worth the risk.
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4:35AM on 02/11/2017
If Ridley Scott would direct a Batman movie, then why talk about other directors?
Matt Reeves - Cloverfield was cool for what it was, Let me In was no where close to as good as the original Swedish film and Rise of the Planet of the apes was forgettable.. why is this guy even on the top 5 liist?

David Fincher, Ridley Scott are names that make sense.. other names I would have suggested would be Danny Boyle, Michael Mann, and if they want a new comer I would pick Dan Gilroy.
If Ridley Scott would direct a Batman movie, then why talk about other directors?
Matt Reeves - Cloverfield was cool for what it was, Let me In was no where close to as good as the original Swedish film and Rise of the Planet of the apes was forgettable.. why is this guy even on the top 5 liist?

David Fincher, Ridley Scott are names that make sense.. other names I would have suggested would be Danny Boyle, Michael Mann, and if they want a new comer I would pick Dan Gilroy.
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5:00AM on 02/11/2017
I agree - if Scott is an option, then he should be the first choice for this.
I agree - if Scott is an option, then he should be the first choice for this.
7:38AM on 02/11/2017
Rise was directed by Rupert Wyatt and while it was fairly meh, it did have a lot of story to build to. Matt Reeves directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which is definitely the superior film in the franchise thus far. Let Me In was very well done but suffers from the people comparing it to the Swedish film.
Rise was directed by Rupert Wyatt and while it was fairly meh, it did have a lot of story to build to. Matt Reeves directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which is definitely the superior film in the franchise thus far. Let Me In was very well done but suffers from the people comparing it to the Swedish film.
12:49PM on 02/18/2017
Ridley Scott actually doesn't like super-hero movies. If they could sign him to direct, then that would be a win, but I don't think he'll do it.
Ridley Scott actually doesn't like super-hero movies. If they could sign him to direct, then that would be a win, but I don't think he'll do it.
12:49PM on 02/18/2017
Ridley Scott actually doesn't like super-hero movies. If they could sign him to direct, then that would be a win, but I don't think he'll do it.
Ridley Scott actually doesn't like super-hero movies. If they could sign him to direct, then that would be a win, but I don't think he'll do it.
2:12AM on 02/11/2017
Both Apes films were great, and if he can make talking CGI apes interesting he should be able to do the same with a Ben Affleck and a rubber suit.
Both Apes films were great, and if he can make talking CGI apes interesting he should be able to do the same with a Ben Affleck and a rubber suit.
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4:54AM on 02/11/2017
He only directed one of the new Apes films.
He only directed one of the new Apes films.
5:30AM on 02/11/2017
He directed Dawn and War Ape films.
He directed Dawn and War Ape films.
2:22AM on 02/12/2017
Well, I like Dawn better anyway. And I do have a soft spot for Cloverfield.
Well, I like Dawn better anyway. And I do have a soft spot for Cloverfield.
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10:30PM on 02/10/2017
Yes!!! This is an amazing choice. Can't wait for how this turns out.
Yes!!! This is an amazing choice. Can't wait for how this turns out.
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9:57PM on 02/10/2017
Great news. Wasn't my first choice to helm, but it's definitely a solid and safe choice for DC and the Batman to stay positive and relevant in the chaos they have been experiencing as of late. Plus, the guy has done a great job on the Ape films, so this is a win win for everyone involved.
Great news. Wasn't my first choice to helm, but it's definitely a solid and safe choice for DC and the Batman to stay positive and relevant in the chaos they have been experiencing as of late. Plus, the guy has done a great job on the Ape films, so this is a win win for everyone involved.
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9:56PM on 02/10/2017
I haven't seen any of Reeves' movies. What's the take on him?
I haven't seen any of Reeves' movies. What's the take on him?
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10:15PM on 02/10/2017
Let Me In is an awesome movie. You should check it out.
Let Me In is an awesome movie. You should check it out.
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