After a rocky journey in their pre-production phase due to Ben Affleck abruptly stepping down from the director’s chair, Warner Bros. and the DCEU have officially signed on Matt Reeves to take over the project. From Cloverfield to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Reeves has proven himself to be an exceptional director. One that knows how to combine compelling stories with great action. With a complex character like Batman who is fighting in an even more complex universe, that’s the type of approach a director needs to take in order to properly serve such an iconic character.
While speaking with Variety, Reeves shared his thoughts on the opportunity to be apart of the ever expanding DC Comics Film franchise:
“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.”
Hopefully his love for the character will give fans hope that he will adapt the character in a way serves the franchise, but honors Batman’s legacy.
Now that a director has been announced, it’s only a matter of time before more casting news and a production date is announced. Chris Terrio has already turned in a completed draft of the script that Affleck and the studio are happy with. It’s already been confirmed that Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, True Blood) will be playing Deathstroke, JK Simmons (Whiplash, Spider-Man) has been cast as Commissioner Gordon, and Jeremy Irons (Assassin’s Creed) will be reprising his role as Alfred Pennyworth. Let’s cross our fingers that the rumors of Haley Bennett (The Girl On The Train) being tapped to play Catwoman will be confirmed or put to rest as well.
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There is no official release date for The Batman.