Not much is known about Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film but things do seem to be developing nicely for the film. The film doesn’t really have an official title yet and it’s still highly uncertain who will be playing the Caped Crusader in the film. Yes, that means Ben Affleck may not be returning but there has been word of him getting into shape to take on the role.
We don’t have to wait too long ago for some information on the project as director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) has dropped some solid knowledge on how the film would be in regards to its tone and direction along with some word on when the film could possibly be released.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves revealed that the film would be placing more emphasis on the crime and noir elements surrounding Batman along with how it would it would revolve around his point of view. He said:
“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional.”
It is possible to see a film going this way possibly far more accurate to the comics. He is the world’s greatest detective after all and it looks like Reeves wants to capture that with this incarnation. He further explained:
“It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”
Reeves has a point here as much of the previous incarnations of Batman in film have never really explored the detective part of the character or at the very least, placed more emphasis on that aspect. Even Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy didn’t really do so and those films were great. Reeves further clarified that The Batman is simply a working title, and that is is uncertain what the official title will be later on. In regards to casting, which is something we’re all waiting for word on, Reeves said:
“There will be a Rogues Gallery. The casting process will begin shortly. We’re starting to put together our battle plan. I’m doing another pass on the script and we’ll begin some long-lead stuff to start developing conceptual things.”
“Rogues Gallery” could mean multiple villains so that would be pretty interesting to see. The comics have seen the Caped Crusader interacting with multiple villains so that would be awesome but general audiences may not be too into it. We don’t really know for sure on that matter but with casting to start soon, we’ll get more information. Reeves revealed that the release date for the film in still unknown but that they are eyeing for a 2021 release date so we still have to wait a little longer before we get a proper look at the film.
When asked on whether he was involved in any other DC projects, Reeves revealed that he is only involved in The Batman but he also said that all the other films under DC including Todd Philips’ Joker are different from one another. From here, we can assume that these films may not be trying to connect themselves to one another so Warner Bros. may not be trying to force a cinematic universe down our throats as Reeves further explains:
“Warners believes they don’t have to try to develop a giant slate that has to have all the plans for how it’s going to connect. What they need to try and do is make good movies with these characters.”
Finally Warner Bros.! You’re using your head! Unless Reeves is just covering up but hell, that doesn’t seem to be the case and maybe they’re finally not trying to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and instead focus on making good s–t. As for The Batman, it’s still a long way to go till we get something to properly work with but from what Reeves has been saying, this incarnation looks like it’s going to be something to remember. Hopefully it’s remembered for the right reasons and won’t end up becoming a Batman and Robin.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter