By Drew Kiess
Our tears are barely dry from the disappointing news a few weeks ago that Ben Affleck would no longer be the director on his Batman stand-alone film. Today, brings some potentially good news. Variety is reporting that Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and its upcoming sequel, is in talks to become the new director. According to their sources, Reeves has already committed to the job, but both sides are still putting together the details. After some conflicting stories and reports regarding the state of the script in the last few days, including a rewrite turned in by Argo, Dawn of Justice, and Justice League writer Chris Terrio, we hopefully will be getting some news as to the creative team that will be leading the caped crusader on this particular silver screen adventure.
If Reeves does indeed take the job, this may turn out quite well for the film. A big budget blockbuster is more in line with Reeves’ skills than it is Affleck’s, as great of a director as he is. War for the Planet of the Apes is one of the most anticipated films of this summer, and both Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield are well regarded. Stay tuned to Shanlian on Batman as more news develops, but in the meantime, does this bring back some optimism to the project? Be sure to let us know!