Although it was revealed only a few days ago that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves would direct The Batman, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that negotiations have ceased and he is no longer attached to the project.
Matt Reeves is currently putting the finishing touches on summer blockbuster War of the Planet of the apes, the newest entry in the popular action franchise over at Fox.
Ben Affleck was originally set to helm the movie, before stepping down to focus on acting and producing the motion picture, from a script he co-wrote with DC comics president Geoff Johns.
This is not the movie the DC/Warner brothers shared universe of films to deal with directors departing, with both The Flash and Wonder Woman going through various directors before heading into production.
The film will star Ben Affleck in the title role, with Jeremy Irons reprising his role as Alfred from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Spider-man‘s Joe Manganiello will join the film as the presumed primary villain; mercenary and assassin Deathstroke the terminator. The movie does not yet have a release date, though filming is expecting to commence this summer.
I’d personally like to see Mad Max: Fury Road writer-director George Miller take over director duties for the hotly anticipated superhero film. Who would you like to see direct the newest solo outing of the world’s greatest detective? Let us know in the comments below or on facebook, twitter or tumblr.