Bar rumours and speculation, there’s not been a lot of news on Matt Reeves The Batman, and fans have been desperate for even the smallest of updates on the new Dark Knight solo film.
The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Reeves recently to discuss his career in-depth, as part of the trades Creative Space profile on the filmmaker, and of course the questions eventually turned to Batman.
Reeves, sounding positive gave a little insight on what he’s looking to bring to the table with his version of the character:
“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.”
It would be fascinating to see a more detective focused Caped Crusader, we’ve seen glimpses here and there in previous films, but nothing quite like what Reeves is describing. If he pulls this off, it would stand out from the other adaptations of the Dark Knight.
Reeves did not confirm or deny whether Ben Affleck’s would be involved in the project, but he confirm the title is The Batman for the time being, “Right now it’s called The Batman. What it will be called ultimately, I don’t know.” He also teased the film will have multiple villains:
“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.”
With Warner Bros. no longer rushing their projects into fruition when should we expect The Batman?
“We haven’t been dated. I wouldn’t commit to this, but we’re thinking the movie would probably be for 2021, late spring or summer. Warner Bros. has been incredibly supportive and given me a lot of time and shared the same passion that I do for this story.”