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Matt Reeves, not Ben Affleck, will direct “The Batman”

'The Batman' gets a director

After a few weeks of rumors and speculation, Warner Bros. Pictures officially announced today that Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”) has been set to direct “The Batman.”

The studio also confirmed that Reeves will be a producer on the new standalone action adventure, the film will center on one of DC’s most enduringly popular Super Heroes. The announcement was made by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

In a statement released today Emmerich said, “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.”

Matt Reeves added, “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.”

Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. “The Batman” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Warner Bros. Pictures stopped short of announcing any other casting changes, or a fixed release date for the film. Affleck played Bruce Wayne/Batman in the criticized “Batman vs Superman” film released in 2016. Affleck was then set to direct this new Batman installment, which apparently fell-through.

This may be good thing for DC fans. The last film that Affleck both starred and directed in was “Live by Night,” also from Warner Bros. Pictures, and it was a disaster at the box-office. Ben Affleck also wrote the screenplay for that adaptation, which was based on the novel Dennis Lehane. After a limited-opening, the film debuted to 14th overall on the domestic-charts, making only $10M in the states before being pulled from theaters by the studio. “Live by Night” made only $21.6M worldwide.