After a lot of buzz surrounding Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves supposedly being tied down by Warner Bros to helm the next Batman movie, and subsequent reports stating that he had pulled out, today we finally have official confirmation that he will indeed take the director’s chair for The Batman.
In an official statement the news was confirmed;
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.
Adding to Reeves’ comments, Tony Emmerich of Warner Bros added;
We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate. Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey.
With so many rumours floating around in recent weeks, it’s great to see that WB have nailed down their man and a very accomplished man he is. Cloverfield was an absolute found-footage treat and his continuation of the Planet of the Apes saga was scintillating, with its follow-up looking to be even more impressive upon the footage we’ve seen so far.
This is a massive coup for DC and Warner Bros, with their recent comic book movies coming under fire from critics, so hopefully Reeves can be the man to add some extra spark to their ongoing fight against the Marvel Studios movies.