More ‘Batman’ news came out this week thanks to director Matt Reeve’s presence on the Television Critics Association Panel. Reeves talked a lot about the upcoming film, including the fact that Ben Affleck might still have a role to play in the movie even if he is casting a new Batman, his thoughts on the rumors of it all being based on ‘Batman: Year One,’ and the fact that he was a few weeks away from being done with what he hopes is the first draft of his noir heavy script for the Dark Knight.
In Reeve’s words on the subject:
“We are working on getting our draft [in] the next couple weeks. 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.”
As for when filming could begin, Reeve stated:
“What we’ve talked about is hopefully in the spring or early summer, something like that.”
Right after slyly revealing that he was still talking to Ben Affleck about a role in the film, Reeves stated:
“There are ways in which all of this connects to DC, to the DC universe as well. 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.”
I could totally see this movie being a kind of flashback akin to what they did with ‘Wonder Woman,’ and maybe having Affleck bookend the movie as older Bruce Wayne musing about his younger exploits to himself or to one of his Justice League cohorts. Of course, how that fixes anything for future ‘Batman’ movies is anyone’s guess. And for anyone worried that any revamps for the DCEU might change Reeve’s plans, it seems the man himself is not worried:
“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,” Reeves said. “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.”
Lastly, when asked about the rumors of him doing an adaptation of the ‘Batman: Year One’ comic story, Reeves replied:
“We’re not doing any particular [comic]. 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. 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. 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.”
The more Reeves talks about his plans the more confident I am getting that he has a solid plan and is going to produce something great, I’m just hoping he does not get bogged down by the DCEU of it all.
What are your thoughts on this most recent ‘Batman’ news? Do you really think Affleck could show up? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments below!