During his appearance on a Television Critics Association panel, director Matt Reeves confirmed the script for The Batman will not adapt Year One and that a draft is expected in two weeks.
Recent reports claimed that Matt Reeves The Batman would be inspired by Frank Miller’s acclaimed Batman: Year One comic. However, Reeves has now debunked those reports and explained that his film will not adapt a specific comic:
“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.”
Matt Reeves added that he hopes to have a draft of The Batman script in two weeks:
“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.”
Though Reeves was coy about Ben Affleck’s future in the DC Extended Universe, he did note that there are ways in which The Batman will connect to the DC film Universe:
“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.”
Reeves was also tight-lipped on the story details of The Batman, but he did express he desire to tell a noir-driven tale centered on the Caped Crusader investigating a case:
“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 Batman is one of the many projects currently being developed by Warner Bros. and DC Films, along with a Flash standalone film, The New Gods, Man of Steel 2, Nightwing, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, Birds of Prey, Black Adam, Booster Gold, Justice League Dark, Green Lantern Corps, Suicide Squad 2, Batgirl, Blackhawk, and a standalone Joker origin film separate from the shared cinematic universe.
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