Matt Reeves has just dropped the bomb that he doesn’t have a single movie in mind for ‘The Batman‘ stand-alone film but a trilogy! This shouldn’t be too surprising with how the DCEU is expanding, and his work on the ‘Planet of the Apes’ films have evolved his worldbuilding skills, but it is an exciting concept.
Thankfully, though, he isn’t putting all of his eggs into an ongoing franchise basket. His goal is to make a solid first installment which then would have the potential for more. After the very mixed reactions to both ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ that is likely the way to go.
Here is what the director had to say about his first foray into the DCEU:
“I have ideas about an arc, but really, the important thing is just to start… you have to start with one. You know, you have to start with a story that begins something. And I would be lying if I could tell you that the arcs of Apes was already planned out, because it simply wasn’t; it’s one of those things where that character was so potent, and the possibility was embedded from the beginning, but exactly how you’ve got from A to Z is not something that existed.”
With close to 80 years of history in comic books, there are plenty of stories and characters which can be touched upon but doing it the right way is more important that planning on releasing a story that will be told in three parts. However, his method of having a trilogy in mind doesn’t have three sections fully plotted out:
“In fact, when I came in on Dawn, the story that I wanted to tell was different from the story that they had even presented me. And so, there are these broad ideas, I think, that sort of came to mind as Rise was created, of how that story could be told, but they weren’t explicitly laid-out. And when Mark and I began Dawn, we knew what our goals were, but we didn’t know how we were gonna get there, and I would say that that more relates to the way that I see a Batman story, is a kind of ambition for a series of stories, but really the most important thing is gonna be to tell a vital first story.”
It sounds like a solid base is being laid and if Reeves can keep fans and critics both happy, I suspect we’ll be in for three solid films. Only time will tell though.
Do you think Matt Reeves is about to deliver three solid ‘Batman’ movies for us to enjoy? What are your thoughts on how he is approaching the creative process?
Sources: Cinema Blend