After star Ben Affleck decided not to direct Warner Bros./DC’s upcoming Batman solo movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Matt Reeves has come on board to helm the project.
Reeves also directed Cloverfield, Let Me In and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes.
“We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate,” said Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey.”
Reeves added, “I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. 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.”
In The Batman, Affleck will face off against Joe Manganiello, who will play Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, in the film. Jeremy Irons as Alfred and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon will also appear.
An official release date for The Batman, written by Affleck and Geoff Johns, hasn’t been set. Affleck will next appear as Batman in Justice League, opening in theaters on November 17.
Of course, the caped crusader can be seen in cinemas at the moment: voiced by Will Arnett in Chris McKay’s The LEGO Batman Movie!