Of all the upcoming films Warner Bros. has planned for the DCU, perhaps the most anticipated is The Batman, the Caped Crusader’s first solo film set within the growing cinematic universe. Director Matt Reeves has no doubt been hard at work building Batman’s next big screen outing, and according to him, it’s a little further along than we thought.
During a Television Critics Association panel, Reeves gave the press an update regarding The Batman, saying the script could be finished very, very soon.
“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.”
The film could also begin shooting as soon as next year. “What we’ve talked about is hopefully in the spring or early summer, something like that,” said Reeves.
Despite rumors that Reeves’ film would adapt Frank Miller’s popular Year One storyline, Reeves confirmed that won’t be the case.
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.”
This should come as a relief to plenty of comic fans out there, as the Dark Knight’s origin has been explored time and time again, most recently in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Reeves is also no stranger to darker and more personal tales, having directed the spectacular Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and its equally impressive sequel, War for the Planet of the Apes.
Anyone looking for a film highlighting Batman’s vast investigative skills will be happy to hear that Reeves plans to take us on a deep, mysterious journey with Bruce Wayne. “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,” said Reeves. “I went on a deep dive again revisiting all my favorite comics.”
Clearly, Reeves is more than capable of delivering an emotionally powerful and unique Batman story. I think I speak for the entire SuperBro team when I say that we can’t wait to see what Reeves has up his sleeve.
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