Matt Reeves Discusses Tone of The Batman

Writer/director Matt Reeves has been working for more than a year on the Batman solo film. There are rumors flying everywhere. Some believe it will continue the version that Ben Affleck has been playing in the DCEU while there has also been rumor that a young actor will be brought in to play either a younger version of Affleck’s interpretation or a reboot all together.

While neither rumor has been confirmed, one thing Reeves did manage to say about the film today, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, is the tone he’ll be going for and that the film will not try to connect to other DC films since Warner Bros. has apparently jettisoned the heavily shared universe concept. While he spoke before about the hopes to make it a detective noir story, today he really delves into his determination to truly let Batman use his noted detective skills:

It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films.

The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.

While rumored to have changed, the title for the film is still confirmed by Reeves to be The Batman although it might not be the final title. In addition, Reeves teased the ensemble of villains he hopes to employ in the story:

There will be a Rogues Gallery. The casting process will begin shortly. We’re starting to put together our battle plan. I’m doing another pass on the script and we’ll begin some long-lead stuff to start developing conceptual things. We haven’t been dated. I wouldn’t commit to this, but we’re thinking the movie would probably be for 2021, late spring or summer. Warner Bros. has been incredibly supportive and given me a lot of time and shared the same passion that I do for this story.

Reeves has an incredible track record and part of his success is the detail he puts into each film. If Reeves needs another year to finish the story, I imagine that will guarantee a better film for audiences. Stay tuned!