Warner Bros. Needs a New ‘The Batman’ Director… AGAIN

Earlier this week, superhero fans breathed a sigh of relief when we learned that Matt Reeves, the director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War of the Planet of the Apes, was going to be replacing Ben Affleck as the director of The Batman. Matt Reeves is a respectable director who’s used to jumping into an existing franchise and making them his own.

But you know, there’s a reason why we usually don’t report on actors and filmmakers who are “in talks” for a project, and that’s because “in talks” doesn’t mean anyone’s signed a contract yet. For everyone who’s been in talks and eventually made a movie there have been countless others whose talks fell through. And that’s exactly what happened this week when Matt Reeves reportedly dropped out.

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According to Hollywood Reporter, talks have “broken down” between Matt Reeves and Warner Bros., even though theoretically they could resume in the future. Other directors who were/are supposedly being considered to direct The Batman include Ridley Scott (Alien) and Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe).

Whoever the studio ends up choosing, it’s very likely that we’re going to hear an announcement very soon. The caped crusader has been one of the studio’s biggest moneymakers for decades, and with several of the DC Extended Universe movies performing below expectations at the box office, it only stands to reason that a new, solo Batman movie is one of their biggest priorities at the moment.

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William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and Canceled Too Soon, and watch him on the weekly YouTube series What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.