Deadline is reporting tonight that, as expected (given he was on the shortlist), Warner Bros. has offered the director’s seat on The Batman to Matt Reeves. This news comes only a day after we’d heard that the studio was pleased with the newest draft of the script and was hoping to get the wheels in motion sooner rather than later, so it’s not too surprising that they’re announcing a director now. After all, it’s the next logical step given that the script is complete.
Though he’s been starting to make a name for himself around Hollywood in recent years, The Batman will be Reeves’ biggest film to date and will certainly catapult him onto another level. Apparently, it was War for the Planet of the Apes that put the director on what Deadline calls the “tentpole A list,” so it makes sense that Warner Bros. has now come knocking at his door. It seems like everyone wants a piece of him, and he’s finally about to get his shot at the big leagues.
Will he be able to deliver under the immense pressure, though? That remains to be seen, but he’s certainly a solid pick. It’s been one impressive effort after another from the filmmaker and he’s been generating a lot of buzz lately, finding himself in contention for several high profile projects. The Batman will be a tremendous challenge, to be sure, but we’re very curious to see what he can bring to it.
If for some reason Reeves doesn’t work out, the studio has a few other candidates in mind, including Ridley Scott and Don’t Breathe‘s Fede Alvarez. That being said, it doesn’t look like it’ll come to that, as Variety notes that the director has already “committed” to the project and they’re now just working on the formal deal. In other words, Matt Reeves is directing The Batman.
We’ll have more for you shortly, but tell us, are you pleased with Warner Bros.’ pick here? Or were you hoping to see someone else replace Affleck behind the camera? Sound off down below and give us your thoughts!