Here's Everything We Just Learned About Matt Reeves' Batman Film
Matt Reeves, beloved director of Cloverfield and War for the Planet of the Apes, has had a Batman film in development with Warner Bros. for quite some time now. Fred Topel, Peter Sciretta and the SlashFilm team unloaded a boatload of new information on the film today, and we are ready to lay it all out for you.
First and foremost, Matt Reeves confirmed at a Television Critics Association panel today that the script for The Batman could be done very soon, like within two weeks soon. Reeves was quoted as saying, "we are working on getting our draft [in] the next couple weeks . . . right now, my head is totally into the script. Right now, I’m going to be leaving here to go back to work on the script." He also mentioned that they had discussed filming starting late spring/early summer of 2019, setting the film up for a 2020 estimated release, assuming all things go well.
Reeves also provided the press at the panel with new information about actor Ben Affleck's role in the film. Some outlets have reported that Affleck was stepping away from the role in The Batman, others reported that he was stepping away from the DC universe entirely. Reeves explained that reports about Affleck's role had been exaggerated, but Matt was also quoted as saying, "there are ways in which all of this connects to DC, to the DC universe as well . . . we’re one piece of many pieces so I don’t want to comment on that except to say that I’m focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world." Affleck's role as The Batman seems to still be in deliberation and could go either way. Reeves doesn't seem that worried about what is going on in the larger DC picture, and is just focusing on making a good movie, no matter who the actor in the role is.
Lastly, at the Critics panel Matt Reeves did confirm that they are "not doing Year One", a popular Batman story. He was quoted as saying that they aren't following any particular story and that it was not going to be an origin story of any sorts.
Reeves went on to add, "we’re doing a story that is definitively Batman though and trying to tell a story that’s emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman.” He cited the film as being a "noir-driven definitive Batman story" which would be the culmination of all of his favorite comics and storylines.
Overall, Matt Reeves seems to be putting a lot of time and effort into the upcoming Batman story, with his draft apparently being pushed forward within the coming months and casting hopefully taking way before the end of 2018.