Ben Affleck is no longer directing Warner Bros’ The Batman.
He is still starring as the Caped Crusader, but stepping away from the director’s chair because, in his words, “It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require.” So who will take his place?
According to the same Variety story that broke the news about Affleck’s exit, Warner Bros. has already drawn up a shortlist of directors with Matt Reeves’ name at the top. Reeves is in post-production on War For The Planet Of The Apes, this summer’s highly anticipated follow-up to his outstanding 2014 entry Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and could theoretically slide right over to Gotham City once his work on that film is done.
Reeves could be a fantastic choice. His recent run of work — which also includes Let Me In and Cloverfield in addition to the Apes films – has been generally superb. He brings a clarity of storytelling and character to his work that could be just what The Batman needs following Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad.
Of course, joining the highly dysfunctional DC Extended Universe — which has seen directors also come and go on Wonder Woman and The Flash — may not be so attractive to a filmmaker like Reeves at the moment, although the chance to make a Batman film may be too tempting to resist. Do you think Reeves would be the person for the job? Who else do you think should be on the shortlist?
The release date for The Batman is yet to be announced.