Matt Reeves will now direct The Batman after news surfaced that Ben Affleck dropped out as director, Warner Bros. has officially announced. Reeves will also serve as a producer alongside Affleck.
His previous films include Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and he is currently finishing production on its sequel War for the Planet of the Apes. It was rumored weeks ago that he was offered the job, but negotiations had fallen apart.
“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child," said Reeves. "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."
“We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate," said Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Picture Group. "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.”