Matt Reeves, we hardly knew ye. Just a week after being reported as the new director of The Batman, the War for the Planet of the Apes director has exited negotiations.
The Hollywood Reporter has spoken to a studio source who has confirmed that talks with Reeves have broken down.
This time last week, Variety reported that Reeves would direct the film, though a deal had yet to be locked in.
Reeves, of course, was set to replace Affleck in the director’s chair after the star announced that he would rather concentrate on his performance as Batman.
While this is another blow to the chances of The Batman being made anytime soon, it’s not necessarily bad news if a more exciting talent ends up in the director’s chair once this game of musical chairs is finished.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that legendary director Ridley Scott (whose films were a heavy influence on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy) and Don’t Breathe helmer Fede Alvarez are both in the studio’s sights, and if Warner Bros can land either of them, it would be hard to feel too sad about Reeves’ departure.
And, just for the heck of it, this is where I’ll suggest yet again that The Raid director Gareth Evans could make a brilliant, action-packed Batman movie for a fraction of the cost of the other names in the mix.
And if all else fails, there’s always a chance that talks could resume with Matt Reeves.
But whatever happens next, the studio should probably resist leaking the details to Variety until it’s a done deal…