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Matt Reeves U-Turns, Agrees to Direct 'The Batman'

So, then.

Here we are.

Matt Reeves is directing The Batman. Despite ruling himself out earlier this week, and walking away from negotiations.

It seems, though, that somehow, for some reason, DC’s hope that “cooler heads” would prevail was ultimately achieved. The studio has managed to convince Reeves to direct the film that’s quickly turning into the poster boy for the DCEU’s troubled relationship with directors.

However did DC manage to change Matt Reeves’ mind, when he was so adamant that he’d leave the project?

Could it be anything to do with money, do you think? Perhaps someone at Warner Bros, eager to finally get this whole mess sorted, authorized the use of the world’s biggest paycheck to convince Reeves that maybe this movie isn’t such a bad idea after all?

For whatever reason, Reeves has signed on, and that’s the last thing we’ll hear of directorial issues surrounding The Batman.

Yes sir, no more problems from here on out.

Not a one.

Just so we’re clear, by the way, Matt Reeves’ sudden and inexplicable change of heart is not good news.

It’s not bad news, either. Not unless you’re desperate to see another decent Batman movie, in which case you’ll be waiting a while.

Yes, this is the outcome that DC was most eager to achieve—albeit something of a consolation prize after losing Ben Affleck as director for The Batman. But that doesn’t mean that we’ve heard the last of production woes as the studio that annoyed Ben Affleck with overambitious production goals now attempts to justify their investment in Matt Reeves by convincing him to just hurry it up, already.

This is a movie which, despite still not having a script that its former director was completely happy with, DC wants to get into theaters for 2018. The studio is still belligerently holding out hope that, perhaps by use of a time machine, filming can commence in January.



They need this movie now, and considering how much money they’ve just undoubtedly thrown at Matt Reeves, they’re expecting that he’ll make good on their investment and deliver exactly the movie that they want.

Warner Bros’ ideal version of The Batman isn’t exactly an Oscar winner. Rotten Tomatoes scores count for nothing—it can be as poorly made and as critically panned as any other DCEU movie, as long as it convinces enough people to plant their butts in movie theater seats before heading out and buying as much Batman merch as they can carry.

Meanwhile, Matt Reeves has already threatened to quit the movie once, and he hadn’t even signed the papers at that point. This is a director who is very well aware of how desperate the studio is becoming, and that means he’s going to push his luck by forcing DC to bend over backwards to accommodate his vision of an artistic, intellectual Batman movie.

Meanwhile, Ben Affleck is sat in the corner of a dark room, cradling his legs and rocking back and forth as he weeps silently.

Something’s got to give. This entire debacle is far from over.

And when the dust settles that this movie is finally in theaters, we’ll all look back at the many twists and turns of its development and wonder why such a big noise was made about such a mediocre film.

Or, maybe this will all work out perfectly and The Batman will receive more praise than The Dark Knight.

But that doesn’t seem particularly likely, does it?

Matthew loffhagen

Matthew Loffhagen

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