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Matt Reeves finally closes deal to direct and produce The Batman

Ben Affleck

Story by Jack Foley

AFTER weeks of talks, and one withdrawal, Matt Reeves has now completed a deal to direct and produce Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie.

In a statement, Reeves said: “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 honoured and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”

The announcement comes one week after talks had reportedly broken down between Warner Bros and Reeves – although that article had suggested that they could be started up again at any point.

However, a separate statement by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, adds: “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.”

Reeves decision to direct the movie comes after Affleck’s decision to step away from behind the camera, in order to concentrate on his portrayal of Batman instead.

In a statement announcing that decision, Affleck said: “There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require.

“Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Affleck first played the role of Batman in the critically derided Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice last year and will return for Justice League later this year.

Reeves is no stranger to blockbuster movies, or franchises. His War For The Planet of the Apes comes out in July and he has previously directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield and Let Me In.

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