Not only has Matt Reeves signed on to direct The Batman, but The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay is in negotiations to direct a Nightwing movie, too.
Sure, why not?
Reeves’ appointment as the director of The Batman has been an absolute roller coaster so far. Variety announced him as the director two weeks ago, before The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that Reeves had walked away from negotiations last weekend.
Now Variety reports that Reeves is back in, and this time, he’s officially signed on the dotted line.
“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child,” Reeves told Variety. “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.”
This will be Reeves’ first comic book adaptation; his previous directorial efforts include Cloverfield, Let Me In (adapted from Let The Right One In), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. He actually made his directorial debut way back in 1996 with the David Schwimmer rom-com, The Pallbearer.
Not content with finally getting the “crown jewel” in their DCEU stable back on track, Warner Bros is reportedly also in negotiations with director Chris McKay to helm a Nightwing solo film.
McKay, who made his feature-film directorial debut with The Lego Batman Movie (which featured Dick Grayson, in the form of Michael Cera’s Robin), would be making his live-action debut.
Late last month, McKay tweeted that he was going to pitching a live-action DC film to Warner Bros — I guess we can assume the pitch went well.
He’ll be working from a script by Bill Dubuque (The Accountant).
There’s no star or release date attached to the Nightwing movie, so it’s not a given that the film will find its way onto the slate anytime soon — you might recall that Dwayne Johnson announced he was attached to Shazam way back in 2014, and that movie has only just gotten a director, so the studio’s not necessarily in a rush here.
Personally, I’d like to see them take their time with the Nightwing movie and give Affleck’s Batman movie some room to breathe first. Tease Nightwing in that film, sure, but build to it organically, rather than rushing into another Batman v Superman situation.
Still, expect Nightwing casting rumours — and plenty of gratuitous butt shots — to start flowing soon…