Batman talks break down between Matt Reeves and Warner Bros
Talks have reportedly broken down between Warner Bros. and Matt Reeves over 'The Batman'.
The 50-year-old screenwriter, whose previous credits include 'Cloverfield' and 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', was in discussions with the studio about directing the much-anticipated standalone superhero movie after Ben Affleck stepped down from the role in January.
However, sources told Variety that negotiations between the two parties have now ceased, although they could resume again in the future.
The acclaimed filmmaker - who is currently in post-production for 'War for the Planet of the Apes' - had always featured prominently on the list of potential replacements for Ben.
Meanwhile, Ben announced last month that he was standing down from the directing job to focus his attention on playing the titular role.
The 44-year-old hunk said he took the decision to concentrate on giving the part of Batman the "passion" it deserves.
In a statement, he explained: "There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. 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."