Why Matt Reeves Turned Down Directing Ben Affleck’s Batman Movie

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Why Matt Reeves Turned Down Directing Ben Affleck’s Batman Movie

The Batman director Matt Reeves reveals why he passed on directing Ben Affleck’s “action-driven, James Bond-ian” Bat-movie for a reboot starring Robert Pattinson as a younger Dark Knight. Once attached to star in and direct The Batman movie script he co-wrote with Geoff Johns (TV’s The FlashWonder Woman 1984), Affleck ultimately dropped out of stepping behind the camera on the Justice League spinoff pitting his Batman against Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello). What began as a standalone set in the DC Extended Universe was refashioned into a reboot, and by February 2017, Warner Bros. had its new Batman director in Reeves. 

“I read a script that they had that was a totally valid take on the movie. It was very action-driven,” Reeves told Esquire Middle East of the script authored by Affleck and Johns. “It was very deeply connected to the DCEU, with other major characters from other movies and other comics popping up. I just knew that when I read it this particular script was not the way I’d want to do it.” 

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Reeves approached the Aquaman and Wonder Woman studio, telling Warners, “I said look, I think maybe I’m not the person for this. And I explained to them why I love this character. I told them that there have been so many great movies, but if I were to do this, I’d have to make it personal, so that I understood what I was going to do with it, so that I know where to put the camera, so that I know what to tell the actors, so that I know what the story should be.”

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