As much as sites like Collider started an unsubstantiated rumor last week, they are still trying to twist the news to still hold out hope that they are right. Instead, in a single post by Deadline and a tweet from The Batman star, it looks like their click-bate has been revealed. It seems that Matt Reeves will be directing The Batman and Ben Affleck will star.
While some sites reported the click-bate rumor, many decided to only focus on what can be proved. Late last week, rumors circulated that Matt Reeves had backed out of directing the upcoming film, given that it was only a rumor, we did not choose to report it as a story but as a picture on our Facebook and Google+ page.
According to Deadline, it seemed that Warner Bros was trying to pay him a lower salary that he would’ve gotten from doing any other movie. Not to mention, he would not be hard up for work since he is possibly being eyed to return to the Planet of the Apes franchise for Fox. The came to a deal and released a statement on Thursday.
Warner Bros Pictures announced today that Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”) has been set to direct “The Batman.” Reeves will also serve as a producer on the new standalone action adventure centering 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.
Emmerich stated, “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 noted, “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.
After the statement was released, Collider’s John Campea still held out hope that his “sources” weren’t full of it. What was he basing it on? The fact that Affleck’s name was not mentioned in the press release. If you wanted to dig deeper, you could have said that Geoff John’s name wasn’t mentioned in the more nor was the film’s producers.
Fortunately for us, Affleck himself put the final nail in Collider’s coffin with the following tweet:
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) February 24, 2017
In the end, Reeves was selected as director and it seems he will be joining Affleck in the Batcave for the upcoming film. Now, we can already see the headlines to repair the damage to their click-baits rumors: “Yeah, but he still wants out of the series.” Let that begins.