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The Batman officially sets Matt Reeves as director

With star Ben Affleck declining double duty, Reeves will take over directing

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Warner Bros.

The Batman has officially landed its new director.

Warner Bros. announced Thursday that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield) will helm the Caped Crusader’s next solo outing.

“We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate,” Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group president and chief content officer, said in a statement. “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.”

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.”

Affleck had initially been slated to both direct and star in The Batman, but stepped down from the behind-the-camera duties last month due to the demands of handling both jobs.

The actor-director first played the Caped Crusader in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Despite that film’s poor critical reception, he is slated to continue the role through next year’s Justice League and then The Batman at some, still-unannounced later date.