THE BATMAN : Matt Reeves provides the biggest updates till now9 min read
As discussed earlier on Superhero Abode , things looks fragile for Ben Affleck’s stay as Batman. While some rumors are the fuel to discourage fans looking forward to a standalone of Affleck’s version of Batman , its times like these that come as a silver lining to all of us. Batman is the most powerful weapon of DC , even a Batman hater should agree upon this. And based on that itself , we should all be wanting a good Batman film. Lets face it. Its been long enough.
Matt Reeves , the director behind the Apes franchise , is currently working upon The Batman ( or whatever it would be called at a later point in time). But as like everything in the DC Films at WB , his presence is everything but unquestionable. The 52 year old American filmmaker recently appeared at a Television Critics Association event to promote his Fox drama, The Passage. And as expected he was asked about The Batman and the film-maker did not hesitate to brief us on how things stand for the project.
“We are working on getting our draft [in] the next couple weeks,” Reeves said to /Film. “Right now, my head is totally into the script. Right now, I’m going to be leaving here to go back to work on the script.” But what’s best about this , is that he actually gave us a range by which we can expect the principal photography to start shooting ! “What we’ve talked about is hopefully in the spring or early summer, something like that,” said the film-maker. So there you have it. If what he is speculating turns into reality , we are looking at a 2020-2021 release date based on the scope of the project.
However when the discussion came to how things stand with Ben Affleck , things were comparatively a bit dim but still might be bright enough for some of us. The director was coy about who might play the caped crusader in the film at this point in time. This when pulled in contrast to the report where he has made a script which works both way , makes more sense now. Obviously there’s always the opportunity to create a Godfather II story-telling where both Ben Affleck as an older version and someone as an younger version of Bruce Wayne can be present. But at this point , too good seems unreal for DC. So lets remain skeptic for now.
“There are ways in which all of this connects to DC, to the DC universe as well,” Reeves said. “We’re one piece of many pieces so I don’t want to comment on that except to say that I’m focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world.” He also went on to express his excitement to be in the universe and work towards making a compelling Batman movie. “From the beginning, what I had always spoken about with Warner Brothers and what I was excited about was being in the Batuniverse and really doing something within that sphere.That was always what it was going to be so in that way it hasn’t changed a lot since I first met with them. It’s very much the same thrust if that makes sense. A lot of things have happened since then but the movie, and why I’m excited about it, is it continues to be the same inspirations and excitement of what we talked about in the beginning.”
As of some fans hoping the movie to be an origin and take influence from year One , might be dissapointed.“We’re not doing any particular [comic],” Reeves explained. “Year One is one of the many comic books that I love. We are definitely not doing Year One. It’s just exciting to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and very personal to him. Obviously we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that. We’re doing a story that is definitively Batman though and trying to tell a story that’s emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman.”
He also gave us a taste of how he is trying to envision his project. And looks like most Bat fans out there will be pleased with what he is trying to do. “I’ve talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham,” Reeves said. “I went on a deep dive again revisiting all my favorite comics. Those all inform by osmosis. There’s no continuation of the Nolan films. It’s very much trying to find a way to do this as something that for me is going to be definitively Batman and new and cool.”
So that’s about it. Those comments right there should come as a saving grace for all fans of the Dark Knight right now. As to how much of it would come to reality ? Fingers crossed.