Despite recent rumors, War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is not leaving The Batman. The live-action DC universe is in flux, there's no question about that following the disappointment of Justice League. There are few certainties when it comes to what DC projects will move forward and what form those projects will take, but The Batman, at least for now, is still happening and Reeves is still on board to write and direct.
This all got started when John Campea said on his YouTube channel that he had completely accurate information about Warner Bros. and the DC universe that would make people "lose their banana minds, and not in a good way." Without further clarification, the internet was left to speculate wildly. Given Matt Reeves' recent deal with Netflix, and considering how much it would upset people, many assumed he was leaving The Batman. However, responding to a fan on Twitter who asked Reeves to, "say it ain't so," Reeves confirmed that he's indeed still attached to the solo Batman movie, in not so many words.
"Uh... It ain't so!"
He also included a smiley face, bat and thumbs up emoji with the tweet, which makes it crystal clear that The Batman is still on his to-do list. There are still a lot of questions in regards to the project, but Matt Reeves' involvement isn't one of them. Beyond that, it's still totally unclear if Ben Affleck will be the one playing the Caped Crusader in the movie, or when the movie will enter production, what the story will include, who the villain will be and when it will be released. For now, Reeves is busy writing the script for the movie.
Of all the DC projects currently on the burner at Warner Bros., and there are quite a few, no project has seemed more troubled than The Batman. Originally, Ben Affleck was supposed to write, produce, star in and direct the movie. However, after trouble in the development process and disagreements behind the scenes, Affleck stepped down and Matt Reeves was officially brought on board in February of 2017. Since then, official details have been scarce, but it's been reported that if Affleck doesn't wind up starring in the movie that Jake Gyllenhaal is the frontrunner to take over as Batman. At this point, there's no telling when the movie will actually get underway, but Warner Bros. isn't giving up on it yet.
Originally, Joe Manganiello was cast as Deathstroke and was set to be the main villain in The Batman. As the post-credits scene in Justice League revealed, Manganiello is still going to play Deathstroke, but whether or not he's going to be featured in The Batman remains to be seen. Despite a great deal of uncertainty, for now at least, DC fans can rest somewhat easy knowing that Matt Reeves is still on board the project, which is a good sign, as far as the DCEU goes these days. You can check out Matt Reeves' Twitter response for yourself below.
Uh... It ain’t so! 😀🦇👍 https://t.co/SyWuBzUIWr— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) March 2, 2018