Without a doubt, we are incredibly excited to see where Ben Affleck's Batman goes after Justice League. Unfortunately, #TheBatman has been having a lot of trouble getting off the ground.
This wild ride the project has been taking us on started when, after a lot of speculation, Ben Affleck exited as director, stating
“Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film.”
Following that, however, our hopes were raised again after a shortlist of directors was revealed. Soon after, it was revealed that Planet of the Apes franchise director, Matt Reeves, had entered talks to helm the film.
Eventually, talks between him and Warner Bros. broke down, leaving The Batman in uncertainty and us in fear of never seeing this project come to fruition. At the time, it was stated that once things cooled off between both parties, negotiations could begin once again. And it seems like indeed, a lot of cooling went on behind the scenes, because Warner Bros. announced today that #MattReeves is officially on board The Batman train.
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According to Deadline, negotiations between Reeves and the studio originally broke down after Warner Bros. offered him a low salary, which he could have made doing any other film. I gotta say, with so many negotiations breaking down because of "creative differences" it's nice to have a new reason for the turmoil.
It's worth noting that #BenAffleck himself wasn't mentioned anywhere in the press release, however, neither as the star, a producer, or the screenwriter. While this isn't uncommon or cause for alarm, it's a potential sign that WB realizes it's had nothing but bad publicity in the last month so it's focusing solely on the matter at hand.
Reeves has an incredible ability to handle an intricate, gripping storyline while at the same time delivering great action, so him taking on Bruce Wayne's first solo adventure in the #DCEU is a dream come true.
Do you think Matt Reeves will do a good job with 'The Batman'?