It has been over four years since talk of a new standalone Batman film surfaced. Since then the project has undergone some overhauling, ultimately “War for the Planet of the Apes” filmmaker Matt Reeves came onboard almost two years ago now to develop it.
Since then there’s really only been speculation as Reeves has been busy penning and planning out the film which is expected to be more of a reboot rather than a sequel that would have Ben Affleck reprising his role of the Dark Knight from the two previous DCEU films.
In a new interview with THR, Reeves has now teased his noir-tinged take on the story which will deliver on an aspect of the character the live-action films have shied away from – his skills as a detective:
“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.”
Reeves also confirmed that the film is currently titled “The Batman,” but that’s not final, and he teased multiple villains and a potential release plan:
“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 also confirms he’s not involved with any other DC films other than “The Batman,” and confirmed reports Warners isn’t caring about an interconnected DC universe anymore.