Warner Bros/DC’s next big budget and now uber-turbulent production The Batman is eying War of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves to take the reigns after Ben Affleck announced he would ‘step aside’ from directing the feature.
Ever since Affleck announced he would only star in the film, the internet was abuzz with rumours and suggestions on who should direct the tent pole. There was an online petition for Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League) to take the reigns but, considering the bollocking the studio has copped over the direction of the current state of the DC films, getting fresh blood in is a good move.
Reeves, who burst onto the mainstream film scene with Cloverfield, has enjoyed critical and box office success with his franchise reboot Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. His U.S. remake of Let the Right One In, with the moniker Let Me In, was a critical hit but a poor box office performer. One thing is assured in all of his films, Reeves knows how to balance character with action. An element that the current DC films seem to be at a loss to achieve.