'Planet of the Apes' Director Matt Reeves Is Offered 'The Batman'
The DCEU actually had an easy time finding Ben Affleck's replacement as director for The Batman, which is a victory onto itself. Matt Reeves was listed as the favorite from the moment Affleck stepped down, and the offer was made official on Feb. 10.
While Affleck has technically never made a big budget blockbuster as a director, Reeves has become a veteran, thanks to the latest Planet of the Apes movies. In fact, Deadline claimed that this summer's War for the Planet of the Apes "would have put him on the tent pole A list" which is an early sign that his Dawn of the Planet of the Apes wasn't a fluke, to say nothing of Cloverfield and Let Me In.
Since Reeves came into the middle of one rebooted franchise and took it to new heights, with perhaps greater heights still to come this year, he surely has the track record to do it again. However, the new Planet of the Apes series was on far more stable ground and actually had an acclaimed original film before Reeves stepped in, so there are far more daunting obstacles in his way this time.
Finding replacement directors hasn't always been simple for the DCEU, since The Flash is now looking for a third new director. However, locking Reeves up in short order for The Batman may well be an encouraging change of pace, depending on whether he will stick around. What's more, they still need to straighten out the script, figure out where to place the film on the DCEU schedule, and find more co-stars for Affleck, Joe Manganiello, J.K. Simmons and Jeremy Irons before Reeves can really get to work.
Ideally, Reeves will have a lot more to work with for The Batman by the time War for the Planet of the Apes serves as his teaser reel on July 14.