Filmmaker Matt Reeves has indicated that with the upcoming DCEU film “The Batman,” the plan is to first and foremost make a good single movie with a solid story. Only then will there be some world building and potential sequel or trilogy setup planned out.
That is a welcome change of pace to hear from many films launching this Summer which seem to have overly ambitious and overconfident cinematic universes planned before the first one has even been screened. Speaking with Fandango, Reeves says his work on both “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” showed him how the creative process changes throughout production:
“I have ideas about an arc, but really, the important thing is just to start… you have to start with one. You know, you have to start with a story that begins something. And I would be lying if I could tell you that the arcs of Apes was already planned out, because it simply wasn’t; it’s one of those things where that character was so potent, and the possibility was embedded from the beginning, but exactly how you’ve got from A to Z is not something that existed.
In fact, when I came in on Dawn, the story that I wanted to tell was different from the story that they had even presented me. And so, there are these broad ideas, I think, that sort of came to mind as Rise was created, of how that story could be told, but they weren’t explicitly laid-out.
And when Mark and I began Dawn, we knew what our goals were, but we didn’t know how we were gonna get there, and I would say that that more relates to the way that I see a Batman story, is a kind of ambition for a series of stories, but really the most important thing is gonna be to tell a vital first story.”
Reeves has previously expressed interest in telling a “noir-driven, detective” story with the film which still doesn’t have a locked down production or release dates at this point.
In fact Reeves won’t begin work on the film in earnest until his ‘Apes’ press commitments are over in the next week or so. Speaking of ‘Apes’, check out the just released recap for the first two films in the rebooted era of the franchise below.