The Batman director Matt Reeves discussed how the production shutdown has given him time to reconsider certain aspects of the film.
Production on Matt Reeves’ The Batman was well underway in the United Kingdom when the coronavirus pandemic forced Warner Bros. to suspend filming. While production was initially shut down for two weeks, the severity of the pandemic prompted the studio to eventually delay filming indefinitely and work on The Batman won’t resume until the time is right.
During an interview with Deadline, Matt Reeves revealed that “a quarter of the movie” had been shot by the time production was suspended and while there is no official editing going on right now, he has been assessing the dailies during the coronavirus shutdown. Furthermore, Matt Reeves noted that the downtime during this period of self-isolation has given him time to reconsider the “tone” of certain sequences in The Batman:
It happens any time you shoot anything. The unexpected — happy accidents and things you didn’t quite expect: That is the lightning in a bottle for something that is alive. I would say that the changes really have to do with ‘Oh, seeing the tone of this’ with these scenes we haven’t done which connect to that part of the storyline. It feels like there might be an opportunity to explore some of that unexpected tone that we found. With these movies, you never have enough prep time, because they’re so complex and so enormous in so many ways. It also gives me a moment to think about the larger sequences that have yet to come up and how I want to realize those.”
However, Matt Reeves also noted that he has no intention of outright re-writing the script, saying, “It took me two years to work on that story, and it’s a very specific mystery noir that’s been really thought-out by me and my partners.”
Full plot details on The Batman are currently under wraps, though the film is known to center around a younger Bruce Wayne and feature a Rogues’ Gallery of villains that includes Catwoman, The Penguin, and The Riddler. Following the Caped Crusader during his formative years as Gotham City’s protector, the film will make use of the Dark Knight’s detective skills to a greater extent than previous adaptations. 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.