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‘The Batman:’ Talks With Director Matt Reeves Break Down

”War for the Planet of the Apes“ helmer has been in talks to take over directing duties from Ben Affleck since last week

Negotiations with Matt Reeves to direct Warner Bros.’ “The Batman” have stalled, TheWrap has learned. The news comes one week after it emerged that the “War for the Planet of the Apes” director was in talks to take over the directing job from Ben Affleck.

However, a person with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap that while talks with Reeves have stopped for now, they could resume down the road. The studio is still intent on making the film.

Affleck was originally set to star in, co-write, and direct “The Batman,” but withdrew as director Jan 30, citing an inability to give his full focus in all three roles.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement at the time. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

The Hollywood Reporter first reported on this news.