Matt Reeves confirmed as new Batman director

LOS ANGELES - Cloverfield (2008) and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) director Matt Reeves has stepped in to direct Warner Bros' The Batman, weeks after the film's star Ben Affleck backed out.

American Reeves, 50, will also produce the film, which does not have a release date yet.

In a statement, Reeves said: "I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen."

According to Variety.com, Warner Bros. offered Reeves the directing gig two weeks ago after Affleck exited the film last month.

Affleck, who first took on the role in last year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, says he wanted to focus on playing the Caped Crusader instead.

"There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions," he said. "Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require."

He will reprise the role in the Zack Snyder-directed Justice League, due out on November 17.

The film will be Reeves' first comic book adaptation.