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Few solo DCEU films have generated the same level of excitement as the upcoming Batman movie. War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves continues to work on the arduous process of cracking the story, and it seems that things are moving along nicely behind the scenes. In fact, when asked for a project status update by a fan online, Reeves took to social media to share his progress. Addressing how work on the film is going at the moment, Reeves wrote:
Really, really well, thanks! I could not be more excited!
So, if you were worried about the status of the standalone Batman movie, then it looks like there isn't anything to fret over right now. Matt Reeves has asserted that everything is going "really well" behind the scenes, and he is apparently very excited to bring this story to life on the big screen. He obviously offers up nothing concerning concrete plot details or a general direction as to where he wants to take this film (though there's no shortage of story options), but this at least tells us that progress is being made.
This reassurance is essential, as the solo Batman movie has hit its own fair share of speed bumps through its development over the course of the last few years. The most prominent hurdle came when Ben Affleck stepped down as the director of the project, resulting in the eventual search to find Matt Reeves and lock him in place. Now the project appears to have found its footing (though rumors of a possible Batman recasting continue to surface), and Reeves is taking his time to make sure that he gets it right.
With that last point in mind, while Matt Reeves' Twitter post helps offer up a renewed sense of confidence in the status of the project, it is worth remembering that we still might not see the film for a few years. Recent rumors related to the solo Batman movie have suggested that it could begin filming sometime in 2019, with a projected release date aiming for 2020 or 2021. Moreover, Reeves recently signed a development deal with Netflix that will likely see him split his time between the streaming service and his current commitments in the DC Extended Universe. Matt Reeves is making progress, but there's still plenty of work that needs to be done before Bruce Wayne will take center stage for another solo movie.