- Oct 26, 2015
Matt Reeves, known for his work on the Planet of the Apes reboot series, Cloverfield and more, has given new details on his upcoming noir film, The Batman.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves touched on the film’s casting, it’s general tone and plot, a possible release window and its villains.
"What's exciting about Batman is how it relates to now and also how personal it can be,” said Reeves. "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'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.” As of now, the film is simply called The Batman, but Reeves hinted it’s possible that could change.
As for when the film will be released, Reeves says the film hasn’t been dated, but is thinking it could probably release in 2021, perhaps late spring or summer. Recent reports indicate that it could begin filming in November, giving the project plenty of time to cast and handle pre-production.
As for casting, Reeves said "There will be a Rogues Gallery,” potentially suggesting the film will have multiple villains. The casting process will reportedly begin shortly, as Reeves is “doing another pass on the script” and is starting to develop some conceptual aspects of the film.
On the subject of The Batman connecting to the DCEU, Reeves said he’s only involved in this film, and that films like Aquaman, Shazam and Harley Quinn are all operating separately. "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,” he said. "What they need to try and do is make good movies with these characters."
This Batman solo film has been in the planning stages for some time. In 2017, Ben Affleck claimed that he would be directing a Batman solo film. Only a few weeks later it was confirmed that he would not be directing the film, but would remain on the project as an actor and producer. Later rumors suggested that Affleck will finish his tenure in the DC Extended Universe as Batman in Suicide Squad 2.
One of the few things we know for certain about The Batman is that it won’t be an adaptation of the famous graphic novel Batman: Year One.