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Matt Reeves confirmed to direct Ben Affleck in 'The Batman'

24 February 2017 4:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Affleck was on board to direct the film but stepped aside to prioritise his performance.

Cloverfield and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes director Matt Reeves has officially signed on to direct superhero feature The Batman for Warner Bros.

After Ben Affleck revealed he would be relinquishing his director duties last month – stating that he wanted to focus on his performance – the studio has moved swiftly to replace him.

Reeves will also serve as a producer on the project, as will Affleck, alongside Geoff Johns of DC Entertainment. Johns wrote the screenplay with Affleck, and Argo and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice writer Chris Terrio has also taken on writing duties.

Affleck welcomed Reeves in a Twitter post:

Welcome to the Batcave, @MattReevesLA

Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) February 24, 2017

Warner Bros Picture Group president and chief content office Toby Emmerich commented: “We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of »

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The Batman Confirms Cloverfield Director Matt Reeves

23 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield) has been set to direct The Batman. Reeves will also serve as a producer on the new standalone action adventure centering on one of DC's most enduringly popular Super Heroes. The announcement was made by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. Emmerich stated.

"We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate. 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."

Matt Reeves noted.

"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 »

- MovieWeb

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‘The Batman’ Officially Signs Matt Reeves as Director

23 February 2017 11:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

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.


Ben Affleck Will Not Direct ‘The Batman’ (Exclusive)

“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 »

- Justin Kroll

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Editorial: Is It Time To Just Give Up On The Batman Once And For All?

18 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Remember Gambit? Set to be released last October, the movie first found an A-List lead star in the form of Channing Tatum before losing not one, but two directors. On the surface, the spinoff sounded like it had real potential (especially with a treatment written by Chris Claremont), and after everything that's happened recently, it's hard not to now view The Batman in the same way.  Originally, the movie was to be written by Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns - a real dream team - and directed by the former. Sure, Live by Night disappointed (something which I think can be blamed on Warner Bros. getting the filmmaker to squeeze it in between Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League), but Affleck's track record is otherwise impeccable. In recent weeks, however, the actor exited the director's chair after months of claiming he was working on getting the »

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Director Matt Reeves Says No to The Batman?

17 February 2017 4:43 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

For the second time in a week, Warner Bros. is reportedly looking for a new director to take the helm on The Batman. One week ago today, Matt Reeves entered negotiations to take over for Ben Affleck as director on this standalone DC adventure. But now it sounds like that won't happen either, as a new report reveals negotiations have broken down between the studio and the filmmaker. An unnamed studio source says that it's possible talks could resume "once heads cool," but for now, Warner Bros. will likely be searching for a new director.

The Hollywood Reporter broke this news, with their studio source confirming that talks have in fact broken down between Warner Bros. and Matt Reeves. It wasn't stated why talks broke down, or if there was a specific issue, or set of issues, that lead to Matt Reeves walking away. While we may never know what »

- MovieWeb

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‘The Batman’: Negotiations Break Down Between Studio and Director Matt Reeves

17 February 2017 3:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In another setback for the superhero tentpole, talks have broken down between Warner Bros. and director Matt Reeves about becoming the director of “The Batman,” Variety has confirmed.

A studio source indicates that negotiations have stopped, but adds that talks could resume down the road. WB is still intent on making the film, the source insisted, whatever means necessary.

The news comes after star Ben Affleck stepped down as director in order to focus on playing the Caped Crusader.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement on Jan. 30. “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 »

- Justin Kroll

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Ben Affleck Doesn't Want to Be The Batman Anymore?

13 February 2017 5:56 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's been an interesting couple of weeks for Warner Bros.' Batman stand-alone movie, with Ben Affleck leaving the project as a director, followed by the studio quickly bringing in Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) to take over at the helm. There was another report from last week revealing that a new rewrite of the script, written by Chris Terrio, had come in, and all parties involved, including Ben Affleck, were happy with the final story. Today, we have yet another rumor about this project, with more sources claiming Ben Affleck doesn't want to be Batman anymore.

Before the actor/director backed away as director last month, he had been making the unusual statements about the project in interviews, claiming that there isn't even a script yet, and that the project isn't even a "sure thing." There had previously been reports that both Ben Affleck and »

- MovieWeb

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Ridley Scott Is Waiting in the Wings to Direct The Batman

13 February 2017 11:08 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The bad news for fans of the DC Extended Universe is that Ben Affleck is no longer going to direct The Batman for Warner Bros. The good news is, the studio is not messing around when it comes to filling the director's chair, as they are going after some truly top-notch talent. Recently, it was reported that Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is the studio's top choice for the job and they are just waiting on the deal to get done, since he has already committed to directing the movie. Should things fall apart, apparently Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott is hanging out on the sidelines to direct.

The news broke just before the weekend that Matt Reeves, who was the rumored frontrunner to direct The Batman when Ben Affleck officially stepped down, had committed to doing the movie. That said, »

- MovieWeb

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While Matt Reeves Is WB's First Choice For The Batman, Two More Directors Wait In The Wings

13 February 2017 7:09 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Deadline broke the news last week that Matt Reeves (50) is in early talks to helm WB and Ben Affleck's Batman movie and it seems everyone is rashly taking it as a done deal.  It's not entirely foolhardy, as deals are usually completed and contracts are signed once negotiations reach this stage.  However, every once in a while, talks break down and the studio or talent may choose to walk away.  If that occurs here, The Hollywood Reporter has stated that WB will then turn to Ridley Scott or Fede Alvarez.  Alvarez (39) and Scott (79) are interesting choices as one is just embarking on what looks like a very promising Hollywood career while the other is an established legend.  Of these two choices, which one is more likely to want to stick to the script already written by Affleck and Chris Terrio? Warner Bros.' standalone Batman movie will star Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, »

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The Batman Gets Planet of the Apes Director Matt Reeves

10 February 2017 11:54 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A little over a week ago, it was announced that Ben Affleck was officially stepping down as the director of The Batman. He and the studio reportedly felt that it was best for the movie if he focused on putting everything he could into the role and getting a director who could really help them get the movie where it needed to be. Well, it looks like Warner Bros. has found that director and that director is Matt Reeves.

Variety is reporting that Matt Reeves has already committed to directing The Batman, but the deal is still being worked out. It was reported by Variety when the news broke that Ben Affleck would not be directing the movie that Reeves, who most recently directed War for the Planet of the Apes for Fox, was the studio's top choice for the job. It looks like they didn't have to settle, because »

- MovieWeb

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War for the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves eyed to direct The Batman

10 February 2017 6:41 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Josh Wilding

We recently learned that Ben Affleck has decided against directing The Batman, but following reports that Chris Terrio has rewritten the screenplay, it appears as if Warner Bros. has already found a replacement! His name has been in the mix for a while now, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Reeves is in talks to take over the upcoming DC Comics film.

He found great success with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, while War of the Planet of the Apes looks downright amazing. So, he’s no stranger to blockbuster filmmaking, but taking the reigns of Batman’s next solo adventure comes with an awful lot of pressure and expectations. Still, it’s hard to find fault with this pick and now we have to hope it happens!

Interestingly, other names considered by the studio include Ridley Scott (Alien: Covenant) and Fede Alvzrez (Don »

- Josh Wilding

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Warner Bros. reportedly “very happy” with The Batman script, no major rewrites planned

10 February 2017 2:28 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

And so, The Batman saga rolls on…

Following yesterday’s rumour that the script for the Ben Affleck-headlined (but no longer directed) solo Dark Knight movie could be set to undergo a page one rewrite once Warner Bros. finds a new director, we now have a conflicting report which claims that the studio and Affleck are “very pleased” with the latest draft from Argo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League screenwriter Chris Terrio, and that no major changes are planned.

@BatmanNewsCom No, several sources already saying new script came in this month and everyone including Emmerich and Ben very happy with it

— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 9, 2017

If true, this is certainly some welcome good news for DC fans, although it remains a mystery as to whether Warner Bros. still intends to begin shooting this year for release in 2018, or whether the talk of a 2019 date is now accurate. »

- Gary Collinson

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The Batman Script Is Finished, Ben Affleck Is Very Happy

10 February 2017 11:23 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A lot of things seem a little uncertain in the Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe, but there is no question that The Batman is the most confusing and ever-changing project in that world at the moment. Not only has Ben Affleck decided not to direct the movie, but recently, there were reports that the entire movie was going to be getting a rewrite, which wasn't the most encouraging bit of news for those who want to see this movie happen. However, those reports apparently aren't true and as it turns out, the script is reportedly done and everyone is happy with it.

After some recent reports made it seem like the script for The Batman was in pretty rough shape, the folks over at reached out to Variety reporter Justin Kroll on Twitter to try and clear things up. Batman-News asked him, "any truth to the »

- MovieWeb

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Rejoice! Here's Some Good News About The Batman Script!

10 February 2017 7:23 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Let's call it a Battle of The Sources and, for once, we at Lrm get to join you in the audience as it rages on.

A few days ago, confidential sources told Forbes that The Batman was possibly on its way towards a page one rewrite. Last night, sources told Variety that there's actually already a script that Ben Affleck and the studio are quite high on.

Hold the phone!!

Where did this come from?? We have no idea. For months, Affleck has been saying in interviews that the script isn't ready, even going so far as to say on January 1st that the movie has no script. That's what made the Forbes report, which also confirmed that Chris Terrio had completed a rewrite, seem entirely believable. Then, suddenly, Variety reporter Justin Kroll tweeted this out last night:

@BatmanNewsCom No, several sources already saying new script came in this month »

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Apparently, Everything Is Just Fine With ‘The Batman’ Script

10 February 2017 6:44 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s been nearly two full weeks since Ben Affleck threw in the towel on directing “The Batman,” and a lot has happened. A shortlist of potential replacements has cropped up, details about the first draft of the script have arrived, and it has been suggested that further rewrites beyond Chris Terrio‘s work on Affleck’s and Geoff Johns‘ screenplay could be coming, including a complete overhaul.

Continue reading Apparently, Everything Is Just Fine With ‘The Batman’ Script at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Joe Manganiello Is Taking Deathstroke Seriously! Comics, Swords, & More

10 February 2017 3:53 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Deathstroke vs the Jla

We already know the major issues going on with The Batman, as both Ben Affleck has dropped out from directing the film and it is even possible that the Argo screen writer (or someone new for all we know) Chris Terrio may do a full rewrite. This could mean that we may not even get my beloved Deathstroke at all, or even worse -- we may get The Joker. Well at least as of now, Joe Manganiello (Deathstroke) is getting prepared in a huge way.

Related: Rumor:The Batman Likely In Need Of New Script & Creative Team

Related: Ben Affleck Steps Down As Director Of The Batman

It seems that Manganiello is a gigantic nerd, like many of us here at Lrm, has read almost every Deathstroke comic ever printed, and also loves D&D. I, for one, sure hope that his reading includes Identity Crisis »

- Drew Carlton

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Another Ben Affleck Batman villain revealed, Clerks 3 is officially dead, what will Kevin Smith do next and more – Daily News Roundup

10 February 2017 12:37 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Why So Serious?

Since the announcement that Ben Affleck was no longer directing The Batman, there have been some rumours about his continued involvement in the franchise, as well as word that Chris Terrio (Argo) has re-written his script. According to a new report from Forbes, Affleck’s script saw a cameo from Jared Leto’s Joker last seen in Suicide Squad as well as a list of other Batman villains. The report also says that Affleck’s script – which he’s been working on for some time – might be scrapped entirely. Read more here.

Stranger Things

Following the teaser trailer released during the Super Bowl, Entertainment Weekly dropped some new images from Stranger Things season 2 as well as a synopsis. We won’t post it here in case of spoilers, but you can read more about it here.

Clerks 3 And Mallrats 2 Are Dead – Long Live Jay And Silent »

- Luke Owen

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Warner Bros. And Ben Affleck Reportedly "Very Happy" With The Batman's Script

9 February 2017 6:47 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

We recently learned that Chris Terrio rewrote Ben Affleck and Geoff JohnsThe Batman screenplay, but a worrying report surfaced yesterday claiming that it was set to receive yet another rewrite which could essentially see it started over from scratch. Well, you can consider that pretty much debunked as it appears as if we may finally have some good news about the Dark Knight's next big screen outing! Batman-News recently reached out to Variety reporter Justin Kroll, a very reliable source of information who is tuned into the movie biz in a far more significant way than anyone at Forbes and the site received a positive update about whether things stand with The Batman. In fact, both Affleck and President and Chief Content Officer Toby Emmerich are said to be "very happy" with the script.   @BatmanNewsCom No, several sources already saying new script came in this month and »

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Newswire: The Batman gets a rewrite to go with its new director

9 February 2017 12:47 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Warner Bros. and DC are currently in the process of finding a new director to replace Ben Affleck on The Batman. And while they conduct that search, the studios have also decided they might as well tinker with the film’s script while they’re at it. According to a Forbes report, the current draft was written by Argo’s Chris Terrio, but now it’s going to “undergo substantial changes” and might even get completely rewritten. The extent of the rewriting will probably depend on whoever the new director is, though, since they’ll almost certainly want to look over things and tailor them in a direction that fits their sensibilities

That means Warner Bros. is essentially starting over with The Batman, so its release is probably even further out than we previously thought, and what little details we knew about the plot may no longer be accurate. In »

- Sam Barsanti

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Rumor: The Batman Likely In Need Of New Script & Creative Team

8 February 2017 6:34 PM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Things continue to be not so good on the DC Extended Universe front. While 2016 seemed like the year the films would finally take shape (several years after the world famous Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off), it ended up as the year where its best laid plans seemed to fall apart.

Batman v Superman didn’t perform nearly as well as the studio had hoped, and the criticism it received prompted them to have the next film on their slate, Suicide Squad, undergo a series of edits. While a lot of fans enjoyed the cut that came to theaters — as evidenced by the box office receipts — it was even less well received than Batman v Superman, and seemed like an unhealthy and unnecessary overreaction to audience’s complaints.

Things didn’t get much better. While their next films, Wonder Woman and Justice League seemed to hit the ground with little problem, »

- Joseph Medina

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