Matt Reeves recently discussed whether Superman could appear in The Batman universe.
The Batman will take the Dark Knight in a new, yet familiar, direction as Christopher Nolan. Like Nolan, Matt Reeves is grounding Batman in reality and shying away from the fantastical elements for now. This also begs the question of if other DC heroes like Superman will be interacting with Robert Pattinson’s Batman in the future.
Matt Reeves recently addressed the possibility of Superman appearing alongside Robert Pattinson’s Batman in an interview with Collider. Here’s what The Batman director had to say about Superman:
“You mean if it could? Is that what you’re saying? I mean, if something like that did happen, because I was very careful about … To me, what I try to do is take … I did this in the Apes films too, and even Cloverfield, this idea of taking the one fantastical element and then have everything around it, so it’ll be as grounded as possible, so that it could feel … I want it to feel emotionally real and to make everything feel very believable. In this movie, even further I think than what I did in those films, I tried to find the practical, believable version. If suddenly in the Batman world, you discovered that there was an alien that was Superman, there’d be a lot of shock. I mean, people would have to say, oh my God, and maybe that would be the one fantastical element.”
While Matt Reeves didn’t rule out Superman for The Batman sequels and spin-offs, the filmmaker also admitted that he’s much more interested in exploring the world of Gotham City:
“But to be honest with you, that is not the intention at this point, to figure out how to make that come. Look, we should be so lucky that this is a world that people embrace and that they say, oh my God, we want to see what would happen when those things collide. I think if that challenge ever presents itself, it would be an exciting one to explore, but I’d have to try and do it through this lens. You know what I mean? And that is absolutely right, that at the moment, to me, this world is the place that I want to focus.”
Superman might not crossover into The Batman universe, but Warner Bros. still has plans for the Man of Steel. JJ Abrams and Ta-Nehisi Coates are notably developing a Superman reboot that will cast a Black actor in the role. Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan is working on a limited series for HBO Max centered on the Val-Zod version of Superman.
You can watch the full interview with Matt Reeves discussing Superman below.
Here is the synopsis for Matt Reeves’ The Batman:
Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.
When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.
Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.
The Batman will hit theaters on March 4, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding Matt Reeves’ plans of the Gotham City, the future of the Superman franchise, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.