When it comes to the Warner Bros. Studios’ decision making process regarding the DCEU, there has been quite a good amount of flip-flopping or uncertainty when attempting to seal the deal and come to a conclusion.
It was a couple of weeks ago that Planet of the Apes’ Matt Reeves was the top contender to helm The Batman, then last Friday it was cited by The Hollywood Reporter that talks have “broken down.”
However, there was still a lingering possibility that these talks could be revisited.
Low and behold, Reeves has OFFICIALLY signed on the dotted line to direct The Batman.
Collider’s Steve Weintraub posted a quote directly from Reeves who had shared his enthusiasm regarding bringing “an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”
Last week, we had reported that WB was considering giving Matt Reeves a long term deal and that he had a ‘heavy’ say in the casting process:
“WB has extended an offer to Matt Reeves to direct The Batman. For whatever reason, a lot of sources are claiming he’s accepted. That, as far as I can tell, is not true.
My firm will actually be doing the press release when the contract is finalized and thus far, we have not been given the go ahead to print it. I expect you will see it within the next few days (everything I hear says the deal is imminent).
Now, for a lot of you, that’s not really news. It’s purely semantics. However, I do have some juicy details for you to chew on. Apparently, the contract is for multiple movies and also is going to give Reeves HEAVY say in casting. Reeves legal team is just tying together loose ends on money (as the contract could extend well beyond 2020, pending DC’s movie slate).
Reading between the lines, there are some take aways on this: A.) Affleck is comfortable signing off on Reeves for The Batman AND multiple movies and B.) Reeves feels he either 1.) has a commitment from Affleck to do multiple movies or 2.) has a new Batman already in place (unlikely that he would sign on for several pictures as a director, if the most important character wasn’t signed on already). Giving him power over casting would seem to solidify this.”
Ben Affleck was said to be directing the flick, but he backed out later on. With Reeves helming he does have a pretty good resume of work historically. That said, do you think he’d make a good director of the DCEU solo movie?