When it was announced that Matt Reeves officially signed on to direct "The Batman," fans of the DCEU let out a collective sigh of relief -- finally, the project was moving forward! However, it turns out that this changing of the guard likely means that fans will have to wait longer than expected before they see Ben Affleck's first solo outing as the Caped Crusader hit the big screen.
According to a pair of tweets from Variety film reporter Justin Kroll, Reeves' directorial duties for the upcoming "War For the Planet of the Apes" aren't over just yet, and he's contractually tied to that project until at least the end of June. Kroll also notes that any casting rumors should be taken with a grain of salt at this point, seeing as Reeves most likely won't have time to meet with any potential newcomers to the film until at least July.
Hearing Matt Reeves contracted to work on APES till at least end of June, so production on BATMAN likely not starting till 2018— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) March 14, 2017
Also means any casting rumors you hear are likely BS seeing that he wouldn't have time to meet with any talent till at least July— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) March 14, 2017
This news shouldn't come as much of a surprise. In fact, it seems as though every week, there are new reports of behind-the-scenes turmoil, from Affleck stepping down as director, to script rewrites, and even rumors of Affleck wanting to step away from the film altogether.
"The Batman" stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, and there's currently no official release date. However, you can still catch Affleck suited up as the Dark Knight in "Justice League," which hits theaters November 17.