Warner Bros offers the Batman franchise to director Matt Reeves
Warner Bros have offered directorial duties on the upcoming Batman franchise to director Matt Reeves, who is known for helming Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. Reeves’ name has been on the table for a while at Warner Bros, but this is the first news of the director being officially offered the job.
This follows the news that Ben Affleck stepped away from the directorial chair of ‘The Batman’, stating that both directing and starring in the film would be too much of an undertaking. Ben has managed being both in front and behind the camera many times, of course, during his directorial career, so there’s undoubtedly more factors behind his decision. Live by Night flopping and the press’ general inclination to slate DC films might be two key factors.
Reeves just concluded the Apes franchise for FOX, so he could be free to take on another weighty franchise. If he accepts the job offer, this could elevate his career profile immensely. Reeves put himself on the map with Cloverfield, he then made Let Me In (a remake of Let the Right One In), before moving onto Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and then being chosen to stay on the franchise (with a TV project called The Passage in between) for the third instalment, War for the Planet of the Apes, which is released this year.
Is Reeves the right choice from a fan perspective? I would argue that Cloverfield showed his brilliance and his ability to satiate a nerdy audience. His Apes films have also more than proven that he can handle a huge franchise that also holds a pre-existing fanbase and please those fans. Batman has been adapted into new franchises many times before, so it’s a tough challenge to pull off something new and impactful, but I feel that Reeves – combined with Affleck’s input in front of the camera – can pull it off.
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