Warner Bros. Has Found Their New ‘The Batman’ Director… AGAIN
Okay, so let’s recap: Ben Affleck was directing The Batman, then Ben Affleck wasn’t directing The Batman. Then Warner Bros. was in talks with War of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves to take over The Batman, then those talks ended. Now Warner Bros. has officially found their director for The Batman… and it’s Matt Reeves after all.
It’s enough to make you want to pull your hair out. No, not that Warner Bros. had a tricky job replacing Ben Affleck as the director of The Batman. That was always going to give them a migraine. But it really makes you wonder whether it was worth reporting that Matt Reeves was in talks to direct The Batman and then that he wasn’t, when all we had to do was wait for Warner Bros. to make an official statement.
We all could have been going about our lives and dealing with more important matters instead of getting worked up, in even the slightest way, over a behind the scenes deal before it was finalized. The big story here is that Matt Reeves is officially directing The Batman, obviously, but the announcement makes so much of the recent online speculation redundant that it really does make you want to reassess your priorities, doesn’t it?
For example, in the wake of Warner Bros.’ official announcement (via Coming Soon), some fans have noted that the studio doesn’t mention Ben Affleck in any way whatsoever, even though he’s expected to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Is that a conspiracy or just hype for its own sake? Is there any functional difference?
Either way, aren’t we all just getting worked up over nothing, and aren’t we all just spinning our wheels until the studio makes a formal announcement about Ben Affleck’s involvement one way or the other?
Anyway, Matt Reeves is directing the next Batman movie. That’s all we really know for now, and even that’s subject to change. Remember that life is impermanent and try to focus on what really matters, whether or not that involves Batman.
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