Published: Sun, February 12, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

The Batman Will Get A New Script, Aims for 2019 Release

The Batman Will Get A New Script, Aims for 2019 Release

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves will be stepping in to fill Affleck's seat and help steer the ship in the right direction.

Sources tell Variety that the "Cloverfield" and "War for the Planet of the Apes" director has already committed to helming the superhero pic, although a deal isn't done yet. Solo Batman films have proven both profitable and popular in the past, although following Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy is no simple task.

When #BenAffleck backed out of directing The Batman for Warner Bros. Warner apparently wants to still shoot this year, but Reeves will be busy until the summer working on the latest Planet Of The Apes pic, so thing may not kick off on The Batman until well after that. Reeves reportedly met with the studio on Friday, and is in "early talks" to take the job.

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He said that directing the film requires passion and the very best that he can give. After making waves with the horror features Cloverfied and Let Me In, he took over the burgeoning Planet of the Apes franchise with 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He remains on board to play the caped crusader in a standalone movie, but he and Warner Bros. are now seeking a new director. Beyond that, the only other name officially attached to "The Batman" is Joe Manganiello as bad guy Deathstroke, although it seems likely Jared Leto will also be back as the Joker. God knows we don't need David Ayer or Zack Snyder directing another DC film. Fortunately, they'll see Batman again as soon as November 17 when Justice League hits theaters.

What do you think about Reeves as the Batfleck director? He enjoys a good cheeseburger, believes CDs and vinyl are superior, likes to make people smile if they're having a rough day, and is rumored to be Batman (unconfirmed).

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