Matt Reeves has agreed to direct The Batman after all

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Apr 28, 2017, 12:40 PM EDT (Updated)

Last week, things looked a little dark for The Batman.

We thought the film had nailed down a director in War for the Planet of the Apes' Matt Reeves, but then reports surfaced that Reeves had walked away from negotiations, leaving the film in limbo once again. Now, Reeves is back, and we're not just talking about unconfirmed reports this time.

Today, Warner Bros. announced that Matt Reeves has officially signed on to direct The Batman, replacing Ben Affleck, who dropped the job to focus on starring in and co-writing the film.

"I have loved the Batman story since I was a child," Reeves said in a statement. "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."

Reeves will also be a producer on the film, according to THR.

So, now that a director has been nailed down, The Batman can really get rolling. It's unclear right now when production will begin, but reports from around the time Affleck departed the director's chair predicted the film would begin preparations as early as this summer. Reeves still has to put the finishing touches on the next Apes film, then do press to promote it, but after that he could belong to the Dark Knight. We'll keep you posted when we hear more.

So, that puts an end to a DC Films production drama. The Batman officially has a new, very talented director. Now we get to see what kind of film he'll make.

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