Holy Twitter feed, Batman! Ben Affleck just tweeted that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves is now officially The Batman helmer.
Ben Affleck announced on Twitter that Matt Reeves is replacing him as director for the upcoming and very much awaited standalone Batman film.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) February 24, 2017
An official statement from Warner Bros. Pictures Group president and chief content officer, Toby Emmerich, says:
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. – Toby Emmerich
Reeves, with Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes under his directorial belt, will also be producing the film.
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 Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen. – Matt Reeves
Ben Affleck stepped down from helming duties to concentrate on playing the role, saying:
There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. 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 a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.
Release dates for the Batman solo film is yet to be announced.