It seems the much-rumored Warner Bros. and DC film, The Batman, is finally inching closer to being a reality. Director Matt Reeves offered some new and interesting updates on the film’s status at the recently held Television Critics Association event. He was present at the event to promote his midseason Fox drama The Passage.
Talking about The Batman film, Reeves revealed that he is currently drafting the film’s script which is likely to get completed in the next couple of weeks, reported SlashFilm.
“We are working on getting our draft [in] the next couple weeks,” the director said. “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.”
Reeves is optimistic about the film going on floors soon, might be in the spring or early summer of 2019.
“What we’ve talked about is hopefully in the spring or early summer, something like that,” he said.
The Batman director even had some update for DC fans who were curious to find out the state of the film, including whether or not Ben Affleck is still involved. While Reeves revealed that he’s still discussing the project with Affleck, he didn’t confirm whether or not he’d return on the big screen wearing the cape and cowl.
“There are ways in which all of this connects to DC, to the DC universe as well,” the Cloverfield director said. “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.”
He clarified that his vision for the film has remained the same since the time he was roped in by Warner Bros. to helm the solo DC project.
“From the beginning, what I had always spoken about with Warner Brothers and what I was excited about was being in the Bat-universe and really doing something within that sphere,” Reeves said. “That was always what it was going to be so in that way it hasn’t changed a lot since I first met with them. It’s very much the same thrust if that makes sense. A lot of things have happened since then but the movie, and why I’m excited about it, is it continues to be the same inspirations and excitement of what we talked about in the beginning.”
He reaffirmed that the standalone adventure will be a noir-driven Batman story.
“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,” Reeves added. “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.”
Reeves also addressed the rumor which claimed that The Batman movie will be based on Frank Miller’s celebrated Batman: Year One. He confirmed that The Batman is neither an origin story nor a continuation of the Christopher Nolan saga. The upcoming film is not even based on any specific comic.
“We’re not doing any particular [comic],” Reeves said. “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.”
Stay tuned to Pursue News for more updates about The Batman film.
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