Saturday, February 11, 2017

Matt Reeves in early talks to direct 'The Batman'

How much longer are we going to have to pretend that the DC Cinematic Universe is still a thing?

Okay, okay, I should probably stop pissing off the DC fans. When it was widely reported a few weeks back that Ben Affleck had dropped his directorial duties on The Batman, many, including myself, thought that it was the end of the DC Cinematic Universe as we knew it. Throughout all of the misfires, disappointments, and behind-the-scenes drama, Affleck's film stood as the light at the end of the tunnel. And in the blink of an eye, that light was gone. Suddenly, The Batman was in limbo just like every other DC film, and as rumors of script concerns persisted, it seemed like the end was nigh for the budding cinematic universe. To be quite honest, nobody really knows what will happen with The Batman. Depending on the reaction to Wonder Woman and Justice League, there's a chance that it never gets made. But regardless of the universe as a whole, it looks like Warner Bros. will be pushing forward with this highly anticipated stand-alone outing for the Caped Crusader.

Immediately after Affleck dropped out, the name at the top of the list for a replacement was Matt Reeves. And yesterday, those rumors came to fruition as many outlets reported that Reeves is in early talks for a deal to direct The Batman. Reeves broke out with 2008's Cloverfield, later directing the 2010 remake Let Me In and the highly acclaimed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Reeves is also at the helm for this year's War for the Planet of the Apes (set for release on July 14), and when post-production and promotion wraps up for that film, I have to imagine that he'll jump right into Batman. Reeves has been praised by many, but if I'm being quite honest, I can't say I'm much of a fan. I didn't particularly like Cloverfield, and I wasn't as enamored with Dawn as much as everyone else was. That being said, I'm slightly disappointed for him. Sure, he's getting a chance to direct a Batman movie, which is an incredible opportunity. But he's walking into a burning building, and he's tasked with not only putting out the fire, but rebuilding the structure entirely. Because let's be honest- Zack Snyder isn't going to give us anything new in November.

This is not a good scenario for Reeves to be in, and I can't imagine anything good coming from it. I can't imagine he'll want to partner with Affleck on the direction, and if the reaction to Justice League is poor, I don't know if Affleck will want to be involved at all, even as the star. And to be quite honest, that might be the best-case scenario. Cast a different actor as Batman, use this film as the starting point for a DCCU reboot, let Reeves do his thing, and get the hell out of the way. Who knows what will happen, but for the sake of these characters that I know and love, I'm hoping for the best.

At this point, The Batman will likely debut in 2019.

Source: Variety 
Image Credit: IMDB

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