‘The Batman’ Will Hit the Big Screen in 2021 Without Ben AffleckBest Gifts for ‘Daredevil’ Fanatics Stay on target It has been quite the past few weeks for WB Studios. But it looks like we finally have an official director to helm their next standalone Batman feature. Warner Bros has announced that Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield and War of the Planet of the Apes will take over directing duties on the upcoming Batman project. Reeves recently had this to share about the announcement.“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 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.” It has also been stated that Reeves will produce the Batman feature. Warner Brothers President Toby Emmerich hot on the heels of the announcement had this to say:“We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate,” added Toby Emmerich, President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey.”Also in the running for the directorial spot was Ridley Scott and Don’t Breath’s Fede Alvarez. It was ultimately Reeves who was the studio’s first choice when Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the project a few weeks ago. Things between Affleck and Warner basically fell apart in the early stages of development. It now looks as if things are back on track for the Bat-Camp. Although, interestingly enough, Ben Affleck’s name was not mentioned at all in any of the press releases.With complex announcements like this one, it’s honestly just giving Matt Reeves his time to shine as a director coming into the DC Universe itself. Ben Affleck is still signed on to play the Dark Knight and has been working closely with Geoff Jones penning a script. Affleck even posted this shot from The Batcave on his own Twitter account about an hour ago.Also moving forward in the Bat-Universe, The Lego Batman Movie director, Chris McKay has been pegged to direct the stand alone Nightwing film. For those who are not familiar with the character, Nightwing is the second superhero persona of the Dark Knight’s sidekick, Dick Grayson. But you may remember him best as simply Robin.So despite the past few bumps in the DC cinematic universe road, it looks as if things in Gotham are ramping back up and are ready to take flight very soon. We’ll see Ben Affleck dawn the dark cowl once more in Justice League, coming to theaters November 17th.