Matt Reeves Discusses THE BATMAN Saying it's More Batman in Detective Mode and There Will Be a Rogues Gallery
A lot of fans are excited to see what Matt Reeves’ take on the Dark Knight will be with his upcoming film The Batman. I personally can’t wait to see what he ends up bringing to one of the most popular and badass comic book characters of all time.
Well, during a recent interview with THR, the director discussed the film and offered an update on a few things such as the tone, title, casting and release date. In this first comment, he reiterates that this will be a Batman noir tale and that it will focus on Batman in detective mode.
“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.”
I love this direction that he is looking to take it. I’ve personally always wanted to see Batman the detective in action on the big screen. As for the title, he hasn’t settled on one yet. He explains:
“Right now it’s called The Batman. What it will be called ultimately, I don’t know.”
When asked about when casting on the film would start, he brought up that there will be a Rogues Gallery of characters and that the film would start casting soon:
“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.”
I guess that means we can expect to see a lot of classic Batman villains and other characters brought into the story. It was previously reported that The Penguin could be the main villain in the movie. The version of this Penguin is said to be based on the Emperor Penguin version and he's been modeled after "a very dapper looking Richard Armitage." Some of the other characters who have been mentioned in the past include Two-Face, The Riddler, and Victor Zsasz.
Reeves went on to say that the film probably won’t be released until 2021 in the late spring or early summer. If the movie does well, it might not be the last Batman movie we see him make. He has shared an idea for a story arc that could span over the course of a trilogy of films. It's said that he's looking to keep the story grounded, but "will introduce at least some slight fantastical elements which fans of the hero will be familiar with."
Well, we’ve got a long way to go before we see Batman back up on the big screen, but do you like the direction that Reeves is headed with it?