Unfortunate as it is that Ben Affleck is no longer directing the upcoming Batman solo movie, Warner Bros. has done a great job in replacing him, hiring Matt Reeves to take over the gig. That alone has us pretty stoked, but another interesting bit of news to break out is that the project may see him continue to collaborate with producer Dylan Clark, who is one of the key minds that has helped successfully shape the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise.
While the news hasn't been confirmed, Deadline has word from sources that Dylan Clark is likely to continue working with Matt Reeves as he goes from working with CGI apes to the DC Extended Universe. Clark currently has a studio set up as part of a deal with Universal Pictures and currently has no ties to Warner Bros., but that could change in the near future.
Dylan Clark used to be an Executive Vice President of Production of Universal, but it was in 2011 that he got his first producer credit working on Rupert Wyatt's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Between that film and its direct sequel, Matt Reeves' Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, he has successfully worked with 20th Century Fox to carve out what is unquestionably one of the most exciting science-fiction franchises currently functioning in Hollywood. The upcoming War For The Planet Of The Apes, also directed by Reeves, certainly looks like it will continue that trend, and that only improves Clark's stock as a franchise builder in the industry.
Because of this earned credibility, the idea of Dylan Clark moving over to the DC Extended Universe is exciting for what should be obvious reasons. That being said, if a deal does fall into place, it will still be a minute before Clark and Matt Reeves will be able to dive into The Batman with all of their energy. War For The Planet Of The Apes is still deep in post-production - not scheduled for release until July 14th - and Deadline notes that film will have all of the filmmakers' attention for now. When they do start working, however, they should have a good degree of creative control over the project.
While original plans had the Batman solo movie going into production in 2017, it no longer looks like that's actually going to happen. Hopefully that just means that Warner Bros. winds up taking their time with the film and making sure that it truly is the best blockbuster they can make. For now we just find ourselves waiting for more details, so stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for all varieties of future updates.