Updated February 17, 2017: The Hollywood Reporter now reports that War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves has exited negotiations to direct The Batman.
No reason for Reeves' reported exit was given, however the trade also specified that Warner Bros. is "determined" to make the film, and that Reeves could re-enter the picture under the right circumstances.
Updated February 10, 2017: All the major Hollywood trades are reporting Dawn of and War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves has an offer in hand from Warner Bros. and is in early talks to direct The Batman.
While all the reports sound pretty certain the choice will be Reeves, The Hollywood Reporter did add other directors remain in the wings, including Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe).
Original story: Whomever takes over as director of Warner Bros. The Batman won't be tied down to Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns' original script, according to a new report from Forbes. Despite Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice screenwriter reportedly doing a rewrite of the script earlier this year, the studio is reportedly open to "major rewrites" and even "a completely new script" once they have a replacement director in place.
In late January, Affleck publicly announced that he had stepped down as director of The Batman, but hoped to find "a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film."
Reports indicate that Warner Bros. short list for replacement directors includes Matt Reeves (War of the Planet of the Apes), Gavin O'Connor (The Accountant), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic), and George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road).
No release date had been announced for The Batman, but back in September 2016 Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said he thought it would be coming in spring 2018.