Matt Reeves’ upcoming DC project The Batman has been kept largely under wraps during its development phase but with recent rumours suggesting that the movie’s script is finished, and that there’s an expected production start date some time in 2019, The Batman may start showing some of its cards within the next 18 months. While it’s still unclear as to whether Ben Affleck will be making any sort of return, Reeves was said to be looking for an actor 15-20 years Affleck’s younger to take on the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in the film earlier this year.
Reeves has kept fairly quiet about his plans for Bats, although he has provided fans with some updates on his progress and insights into what sort of film they can expect. Warner Bros seems to have decided against rebooting its Worlds of DC franchise despite the ongoing backlash, in favour of giving it a sort of makeover. Just a couple of weeks ago we heard that Henry Cavill had dropped out of the Superman role, and with Affleck’s position up-in-the-air the studio has chosen Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman as its flagship hero, following the success of her first solo film last year, making sure she was the first on the list to receive a sequel. Outside of that, Warners is looking to newer characters to provide somewhat of a refresh to its cinematic universe and if the latest trailers for Aquaman and Shazam! were anything to go by there will be a focus on family-friendly entertainment there. At the same time, there’s also the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie which kicks off a new endeavour for DC in providing an alternative to its mainstream interconnected films. Joker is its own isolated project with director Todd Phillips and co. being given creative free reign with the character much like Christopher Nolan had while making his beloved Dark Knight trilogy. Where exactly Reeves Batman will fit remains a mystery the likes of which only The Detective himself could solve.
With that, Indie Wire reports that Reeves recently spoke about The Batman at the Television Critics Association press tour, bringing up his exploration of the dual identity aspect of the character:
“One of the things that I’ve found interesting, just as we’re working on the story, is looking back at Jekyll and Hyde, and the idea of your shadow-self, and the idea of, we are all multiple things. It’s different aspects of who we are, and I think there are times when maybe the surface of Bruce is not really who he is, but that’s his disguise. There are times when Batman’s the disguise, but there are times when his true essence comes out, because by being veiled, a kind of instinctual side comes out that’s very pure”.
The Batman does not yet have an official release date