Director Matt Reeves opened up about his goals for The Batman and whether or not it’s possible to deliver a unique take on an iconic character.
Warner Bros. and DC are set to relaunch the Batman film series once again with director Matt Reeves at the helm. Of course, Reeves is just the latest director to tackle the Dark Knight and fans are eager to see if he can offer a fresh take on the character after so many filmmakers have already delivered unique interpretations.
During an interview with The New York Times, Matt Reeves was asked if it was truly possible to deliver his own spin on a property like Batman considering how many other people might be involved and have a say in the direction the character can take. Fortunately, Reeves explained that he would not have accepted the directing job for The Batman had he not been allowed to explore his own take on the character and revealed that wants his version to be “incredibly personal,” likening the upcoming film to mystery classics such as Chinatown:
“Of course these things have to be mined in a way that can make these companies money. You never know whether the people in charge of those I.P.s [intellectual properties] are going to be open to your vision. But if they weren’t, I wouldn’t have done “Batman.” I was like, look, there have been some great “Batman” films and I don’t want to just make a “Batman” film. I want to do something that has some emotional stakes. My ambition is for it to be incredibly personal using the metaphors of that world. It feels like this really odd throwback to the movies I came up on from the ’70s, like “Klute” or “Chinatown.” I’m not saying we’re achieving anything like that. Those are masterpieces. But that’s the ambition.”
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Full plot details on The Batman are currently under wraps, though the film will center around a younger Bruce Wayne and feature a Rogues’ Gallery of villains that includes Catwoman, The Penguin, and The Riddler. The Matt Reeves film will follow the Caped Crusader during his formative years as Gotham City’s protector and will make use of the Dark Knight’s detective skills to a greater extent than previous DC films. It is expected to be the first chapter in a new trilogy with Robert Pattinson as Batman.
Directed by Matt Reeves from a script he co-wrote with Mattson Tomlin, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner 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 is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on June 25, 2021.
Source: The New York Times