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‘The Batman’ Officially Signs Matt Reeves as Director

Variety logo Variety 2/23/2017 Justin Kroll
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Matt Reeves has closed a deal to direct “The Batman.”

Reeves took over the reins as director after Ben Affleck stepped aside to focus on starring as the Caped Crusader. Reeves will also produce the movie alongside Affleck.

News broke last week that negotiations had collapsed, but that there was a strong possibility that they could resume. WB had offered Reeves the directing gig two weeks ago after Affleck exited the film.

Sources stressed last week that it was a priority for the studio to sign a helmer as soon as possible in order to move the pre-production forward.

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“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child,” Reeves said. “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.”

Reeves, Affleck and the studio can now focus on moving the film into production and begin filling in the cast. Sources indicate Chris Terrio turned in a script that both the studio and Affleck were happy with and with Reeves on board, all parties can begin pushing this film into the right direction.

No release date has been set yet.

For Reeves, this marks his first move into the comic book realm after helping launching the “Cloverfield” franchise and currently reinventing the “Planet of the Apes” series with “War for the Planet of the Apes” bowing this summer.

He is repped by CAA.

That time Ben Affleck paid the Fedex guy to play the Joker

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