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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

UPDATE: Since this story was originally posted, Ben Affleck has taken to Twitter to welcome Matt Reeves to the Batcave. DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns also piggybacked on Affleck’s sentiment.

Obviously, this addresses the question posed at the tail end of this original article, though we still wonder if the upcoming Nightwing flick is indicative of Affleck planning his exit. We’ll have to wait and see.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The DC Extended Universe has certainly been one hell of a rollercoaster ride, and The Batman has been especially tumultuous series of developments. First Affleck played coy about his involvement as director, and even he was officially revealed, he didn’t talk much about it. Late last year, he seemed to go off the handle whenever someone would ask him about the film, especially since he was a lot more interested in discussing his latest directorial effort, Live By Night. Finally, late last month, he officially stepped down as a director from The Batman.

Obviously, Warner Bros had a lot of work to do to turn around this narrative. They reportedly began talks with War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. Things seemed to be going really well, and he seemed to have the gig locked down when it was reported that the talks had fallen through. However, the outlet that reported the incident was careful to point out that talks could still resume once the relevant parties’ heads had cooled off.

It looks like heads have indeed cooled. According to an official statement, Matt Reeves has officially closed the deal to direct The Batman.

“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child,” Reeves said. 

“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.”

WB President and Chief Content Officer Toby Emmerich had the following to say:

“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.”

Interestingly enough, however, there was no word from Ben Affleck on this press release. While this isn’t exactly a smoking gun, it is a bit strange, considering his continued involvement on the project as producer, writer, and lead actor. Of course, it can mean nothing, but Affleck’s seeming decreased interest in the DCEU as of late doesn’t seem promising.

While I’d still like to knowwhat events led to last week’s temporary collapse of discussion (rumor is that it was a salary dispute), I’m happy to hear that he’s officially signed on. Through his work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we’ve seen his ability to insert himself into an existing franchise and elevate it to unexpected levels. Let’s hope he can do the same with The Batman.

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SOURCE: WB (via Variety)

UPDATE SOURCES: Ben Affleck & Geoff Johns (via Twitter)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.