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It would be an understatement to say that Warner Bros. and DC‘s The Batman has hit a few difficulties in development. Firstly, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was not the huge success that the studio had hoped for. Then there was the news that the Batman solo film’s director Matt Reeves had exited negotiations with the studio. This, of course, was after Ben Affleck announced that he was no longer starring and directing in the movie. The most worrying piece of speculation is that Affleck himself would be giving up the batcape, leaving the entire project in disarray.
Fans have held their breath for the past few weeks. Yet, we can finally deliver some good news. As The Tracking Board report, Matt Reeves is returning to direct the project. The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield director will definitely be helming the project. Here’s what Toby Emmerich the President and Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group had to say via The Tracking Board:
Emmerich stated, “We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of 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.”
TTB also included a statement from Reeves on the project:
Matt Reeves noted, “I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”
Although Reeves returning to the project and producing it steadies things, the studio still haven’t made an announcement on whether we’ll be seeing Batfleck in the film or in Justice League. If Affleck leaves, the team will have a much bigger continuity problem on their hands. However, it’s all still speculation. For all of the uncertainty surrounding the project, this announcement gives us hope.
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