The Batman director Matt Reeves discussed how the film will explore the humanity of the Dark Knight.
Warner Bros. and DC will soon relaunch the Batman film series with a new feature from director Matt Reeves. Of course, after so many interpretations of the character, fans are eager to see if Matt Reeves can deliver a fresh take on the Dark Knight.
During an interview with Nerdist, Matt Reeves revealed that he intends to approach The Batman the same way as his previous projects. As the filmmaker explained, he pitched his take on the Dark Knight to Warner Bros. as having a “humanist bent”:
“I’m going to pitch the version of Batman that I would do, which is going to have a humanist bent. And who knows if they’ll have any interest? If they don’t, then I won’t do it. And that’ll be okay. I was really lucky that they said yes.”
While we know The Batman will explore the early years of the Dark Knight, fans are concerned about the possibility of yet another depiction of the character’s origin story. However, Matt Reeves explained that he wants to tell a story that acknowledges how Batman was formed by his origins as opposed to simply retelling his famous beginnings:
“I wanted to do not an origin tale, but a tale that would still acknowledge his origins, in that it formed who he is. Like this guy, he’s majorly struggling, and this is how he’s trying to rise above that struggle. But that doesn’t mean that he even fully understands, you know. It’s that whole idea of the shadow self and what’s driving you, and how much of that you can incorporate, and how much of it you’re doing that you’re unaware of.”
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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.