This year’s San Diego Comic Con was notably short on any information regarding Matt Reeves’ still untitled “The Batman” project. Today though, at a Television Critics Association panel for FOX’s new series “The Passage,” Reeves himself provided the most information about the project since his hiring many months ago.
Reeves was asked about the current progress of the film: “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 adds that things are moving fast enough that filming is looking to start spring or early summer next year. What of the status of current Batman Ben Affleck? “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.” No answer there.
So what about the recent rumored report of utilising the ‘Year One’ storyline? Reeves shot that down quite adamantly:
“We’re not doing any particular [comic]. ‘Year One’ is one of the many comic books that I love. We are definitely not doing ‘Year One.’ It’s just exciting to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and very personal to him. Obviously we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that. 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.”
In other words no origin story, with Batman starting out with the character already having been active for some time – not unlike Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” film. Reeves also says he’s found an approach that differs from past incarnations:
“I’ve talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham. I went on a deep dive again revisiting all my favorite comics. Those all inform by osmosis. There’s no continuation of the Nolan films. It’s very much trying to find a way to do this as something that for me is going to be definitively Batman and new and cool.”
Should filming begin in the first half of 2019, that would suggest either a Summer or Fall 2020 release.