Director Matt Reeves Exits ‘The Batman’ Negotiations

It looked like Warner Bros. had found a director to helm Ben Affleck’s standalone The Batman.

But now, negotiations with filmmaker Matt Reeves have stalled, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Warner Bros. entered negotiations with Reeves last Friday. It’s unclear what caused negotiations to break down.

Reeves, who directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, was set to replace Affleck.

In January, the actor decided he didn’t want to direct and star in the film. Affleck has been working on a script with DC Films executive Geoff Johns.

Reeves is currently in post production on War for the Planet of the Apes for 20th Century Fox.

Prior to Reeves, Warner Bros. was reportedly considering Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez to direct.

The report notes that talks with Reeves could resume once “heads cool.”

Other DC/Warner Bros. movie projects have undergone director changes.

Michelle MacLaren was attached to Wonder Woman before exiting over creative difference. Warner Bros. later hired Patty Jenkins.  The Flash standalone movie went through Seth Grahame-Smith and Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, who exited because of creative differences.

So what do you think? Who should Warner Bros. get to direct The Batman?

Let us know in the comments section.

Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns co-wrote The Batman. Affleck and Johns are both producing.

The film stars Affleck as Brue Wayne/Batman, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson, Deathstroke, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth.

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