The Batman has been up, down, all around, and all over the place. With rumors seemingly spelling out a grim demise for the film and Ben Affleck’s departure as the Caped Crusader for months, it’s been nice to hear at least a few snippets of solid news more recently.
We know that director Matt Reeves has said he wants to make a noir-driven detective film and that Ben Affleck is still his Batman, but not much more is known about the Dark Knight’s DCEU solo outing. Thankfully, Reeves recently gave Variety‘s “Playback” podcast just a little bit more.
While speaking mainly at first about War for the Planet of the Apes, the conversation eventually segued to comic book stories, The Batman, and how some of the classic stories could influence Reeves’ work.
I can tell you this, we are looking to all of those (classic stories), and I’m also looking to other ways that it feels personal. To me, the thing that feels interesting are the ways in which you can connect to these stories, what the genre is a cover for – how it relates to the world that we’re in. I think I’m going to draw inspiration from those stories but I want it to feel rooted in something that not only feels personal but also relevant to the time. But I can tell you this, it’s literally in nascent stages. We’re just starting it.
Even though things are really just beginning, Reeves feels confident that Warner Bros. is on board with his vision.
Let’s put it this way. I’ve never worked with them but my experience with them so far has been really good. As I describe what I want to do, they seem really excited. So it’s the beginning of a journey.
I’m excited to say that thus far they seem really excited about it and I suppose if we should ever come to an impasse then we’d have to resolve it one way or another. I’m very hopeful and positive about it.
Matt Reeves’ The Batman, starring Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, currently doesn’t have a set release date.