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.
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“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.
Reeves doesn’t mention recasting Batman. Ben Affleck has been the Batman of the DC Extended Universe, but there have been several rumors that he’s looking to depart the role, as well as rumors that Reeves’ Batman movie would feature a much younger version of Batman.
The Batman is scheduled to begin filming in November. 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.