Warner Bros. is investing big in the future of the DC movie and television universe with the signing of Matt Reeves to an overall first-look deal. The first projects for Reeves will be The Batman sequel and The Penguin spin-off series.
Matt Reeves proved his success as a filmmaker with his outing as writer and director of The Batman which was considered both a critical and financial success. The former being something the DC Universe has struggle with in their films. However, Reeves was able to take his vision and make the movie he wanted and it paid off handsomely.
“Making this legendary studio my home is a dream,” said Reeves in a statement. “I am so excited to be working with Mike, Pam, and Channing and our teams to bring captivating stories I am truly passionate about to the big and small screen.”
The deal, the first of its kind a the newly merged Warner Bros. Discovery, was the brain child of Warner Bros Pictures Group Co-Chairs and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy. David Zaslov put Del Luca and Abdy in charge of the film division following his hiring.
Reeves previously had a first-look deal at Netflix, but with most of his time being focused on The Batman it made sense for him to drop his anchor at WB. In the deal, Warner Bros. Pictures Group’s production divisions will have first-look rights to Reeves’ work as a writer, director and/or producer.
The future of The Batman films is bright with Reeves at the helm. He is currently back at work on The Batman sequel and production coming soon on The Penguin, with Colin Farrell reprising his Oswald Cobblepot for HBO Max. Robert Pattinson is also returning at the titular role in The Batman sequel.
With the news of the cancellation of the $90 million Batgirl film and more recently Batman: Caped Crusader, good news is something DC fans were hoping for and Matt Reeves staying on for a while is just that.