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War For The Planet Of The Apes' Matt Reeves to direct The Batman, replacing Ben Affleck
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War For The Planet Of The Apes' Matt Reeves to direct The Batman, replacing Ben Affleck

Matt Reeves, director of War For The Planet Of The Apes and Cloverfield, has been confirmed to direct the Batman standalone movie The Batman

Reeves, who is currently putting the finishing touches to the Planet Of Apes blockbuster spin-off, takes over in the director's chair from Ben Affleck, who will now star in the movie rather than do double duty. 

Though he was an early favourite for the chair, it had looked like Reeves was not in the running when he pulled out of talks last week, but he has now been confirmed. 

In a statement given to Variety, he said: "I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honoured and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”

Affleck's first solo Batman movie does not have a confirmed release date as yet. There are currently two unknown DC movies scheduled for October 5th in 2018, and November 1st in 2019, with The Batman potentially in line for one of those slots. 

It has already been confirmed that Joe Manganiello, best known for his roles in True Blood and Magic Mike XXL, has been cast as Deathstroke, the villain for the standalone movie. 

Though Deathstroke, who one of the most fearsome assassins in DC comics' repertoire, is confirmed to face down the Dark Knight in the standalone movie, though whether he will make an appearance in this year's Justice League is still unknown. 

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is out now on DVD. You can read our review of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice here and order the movie, including a Blu-Ray Steelbook exclusive to hmv, here in hmv's online store.  

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