UPDATED: Apes director Matt Reeves is Warner Bros.' choice to direct The Batman

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Feb 10, 2017

Less than two weeks ago, Ben Affleck announced that he would no longer direct The Batman, and would hand that job off to another filmmaker while he focused on his duties as star and co-writer. The internet has been throwing out replacement suggestions ever since, ranging from Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder to former Dark Knight filmmaker Christopher Nolan. Warner Bros. already had some potential replacements in mind, though, and now it seems they've picked one.

The studio has offered the gig to War for the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves, according to sources speaking to The Holywood Reporter. Reeves reportedly met with the studio on Friday, and is in "early talks" to take the job. This lends credence to earlier reports that he was on the shortlist for the film in the immediate aftermath of Affleck's departure, though THR also notes that Don't Breathe director Fede Alvarez and the great Ridley Scott (wow) are also still in the mix should Reeves bow out.

Reeves has some impressive genre credentials (P.S. he was at the top of our list of directors to take over when Affleck dropped out). After making waves with the horror features Cloverfied and Let Me In, he took over the burgeoning Planet of the Apes franchise with 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the ApesDawn earned near-universal critical acclaim for its storytelling and its seamless blending of live-action and motion capture characters, and established Reeves as a genre tentpole force, a status that will only be enhanced by War for the Planet of the Apes. He knows how to go dark without going too bleak, and he knows how to bring the action even when it's mostly in front of a green screen. He'd be an excellent choice for the flick.

UPDATED Saturday, Feb. 11: Matt Reeves has official signed on to direct The Batman, according to ComingSoon.net.