Everyone was a little shocked when over the week Ben Affleck in a joint statement with Warner Bros. announced he will not be directing The Batman. Leading to plenty of speculation from fandom, of whom will now replace Affleck as the film’s director.
Both Variety and Forbes have mentioned that War For The Planet of The Apes director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes) is a potential contender alongside other names that appeared on Forbes’ director shortlist that included Denis Villeneuve, George Miller, Gavin O’Connor, and Matt Ross.
Well, Reeves might add fuel to the talk he’s in the running to direct with his recent social media activity as the director has followed Batman’s co-writer and head of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns on Twitter.
Johns is one of the people that would be behind the hiring of a new Batman director.
Geoff followed Reeves a while back.
Nothing concrete here, but its food-for-thought as social media activity is how it was discovered that Dope’s Rick Famuyiwa would be directing The Flash and how we at Omega Underground figured out it was Joe Manganiello behind the Deathstroke mask in that London test footage posted by Ben Affleck.
Matt has hinted towards taking a break from the Apes franchise after War which could mean he’s open to a project like this. We’re currently championing Reeves to replace Affleck as he seems like the best person for the studio gig being able to work on an existing franchise, not unlike he did with Fox’s two sequels to Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of The Planet of The Apes while making them his own.
The Batman was looking to begin filming this April-May, of course, pre-production is now on pause until a new director is found.
Before Affleck’s exit cities such as Detroit, Toronto, and even Boston were being eyed as exterior location candidates for Gotham City. Detroit doubled as Gotham in Batman v Superman and Toronto doubled for Gotham in Suicide Squad.
Batman’s current cast includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Jim Gordon.
An official release date hasn’t been announced by Warner Bros.
SOURCE: MATT REEVES