The actor/director/writer recently issued a statement saying he was dropping out of directing his solo Batman movie, too not many people’s surprise, and the most interesting part about it was that a notable name came up for the possible shortlist of directors the studio wants.
Matt Reeves, director of notable films like Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and it’s upcoming sequel War For the Planet of the Apes, is rumored to be the front-runner to take the job behind the director’s chair. With Hollywood’s “what have you done for me lately” mentality, it makes sense that Reeves is their guy they’re keeping their eyes on. His success on every film he’s directed speaks for itself, but he is also a tonal fit for the character of Batman as shown in his sci-fi and horror pictures which always have more layers to them than we give him credit for.
We’ve seen actors who direct themselves in films to success and to pretty constant failure. Affleck was perfect until the disappointing period gangster drama Live By Night. He claims that’s not why he’s dropping out, but you have to believe that he is need of a break to refocus himself as an actor and just come back to directing later. Matt Reeves can bring great vision and constant quality to a Batman film or any film he wants for that matter when given the chance. He’s not the sexy pick that many people know about, but it’s no question that his films do all the talking for him.
With this, Affleck can maybe figure out that it’s okay for him to not star in all of his directed films while also focusing on his roles as an actor when necessary and do the Clint Eastwood route down the line. Honestly, it’s a pretty cool gig to be Batman and be an Oscar-winning writer and director at the same time.