It’s been problem after problem for the DCEU, both behind and in front of the scenes.
The Batman suffered its biggest blow when actor and planned director Ben Affleck decided he would walk away from the helm. Things looked promising when Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves came on board and entered negotiations with Warner Bros.
Well, that’s fallen apart. According to THR, “negotiations have broken down” and Reeves is no longer circling the director’s chair. Although, it appears there’s still some hope for Reeves. The outlet reports that “talks could resume when heads cool”. Whether or not that means things between Reeves and WB ended on a severely sour note is up for conjecture.
Assuming Reeves is well and truly done with The Batman, there are a number of other big-name directors that have been rumoured to be in Warner Bros’ sights, including Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe).
Reeves’ second Apes picture, the threequel War for the Planet of the Apes, will open in Australia on July 13 and hits the US on July 14.
It’s yet another stumbling block for The Batman, which holds a screenplay by Affleck and DC Film co-head Geoff Johns. Stay tuned for what’s next…