Reeves, the well-regarded filmmaker behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcomingWar for the Planet of the Apes, has the offer and is in early talks to replace Ben Affleck as the director of The Batman.
“Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give,” Affleck said in a statement. “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.”
The studio moved quickly to find a replacement and Reeves’ name shot to the top of the list. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter multiple conversations occurred, with the director and the studio meeting Friday.
Other directors remain in the wings, including Ridley Scott and Don't Breathedirector Fede Alvarez.
Affleck remains on board to portray Bruce Wayne/Batman and co-wrote the script with DC Films co-head Geoff Johns. Several sources say, however, that the script may undergo a significant overhaul.
Reeves created TV's Felicity with J.J. Abrams before making a splash with the 2008 found-footage creature feature Cloverfield. He then took on the tough task of helming the remake of acclaimed Scandinavian horror movie Let the Right One In, which was titled Let Me In.
Dawn of the Planet of Apes followed in 2014 and Reeves, repped by CAA, is now in post with War for the Planet of the Apes,which Fox opens July 14.