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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.

Source: Deadline

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