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Reeves is “Outlining” his “Batman” Film

Matt Reeves says that he’s still working on the upcoming DC Extended Universe film The Batman, but implies that it will probably be a long time before there is any concrete news on the project.

He made these comments during an appearance on the podcast The Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith, where he said “I am outlining. I have the story worked out, and I am outlining.”

Unfortunately for fans, outlining means that he still has a ways to go before he even starts working on the script, let alone doing the casting, pre-production or filming of the movie. As such, rumors that production are going to begin during the summer of this year are almost certainly not accurate.

The Batman would be a follow-up to the appearance of the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, both of which had an underwhelming reception. Warner Bros. is no doubt hoping that their most popular superhero can get another trilogy going to win back some audience support for the floundering DCEU franchise.

According to Reeves, his movie would focus on Batman as a detective, and be influenced by the thrillers of famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Currently unknown is whether or not it would include other members of the Bat Family; Nightwing and Batgirl are both supposed to be getting their own movies as well.

Of course, it remains to be seen if any of these flicks will ultimately get made; since starting this franchise, Warner Bros. has announced something like twenty upcoming films, only for many to stall, disappear or go through production problems. Fortunately, the next two, Aquaman and Shazam, seem to be moving along well, being in post- and pre-production, respectively.

Another major question is whether Reeves’ hypothetical movie will include Ben Affleck, who has played him in this series so far. Rumors say that the veteran actor is thinking of leaving the franchise. Last heard, he was “considering” reprising his role in the upcoming solo film; meanwhile, Reeves reportedly has an alternative actor in mind to take up the mantle should Batfleck decide to hang up the cowl.

Ben Affleck’s Promise of a “New” Batman

There have almost been as many interpretations of Batman on screen as there have been in the comic books. In the upcoming Justice League movie, Ben Affleck has promised that there is going to be a newer Batman. In this film, Batman is going to team up with other superheroes and even serve as the leader of the League, even though he has no superpower. As a matter of fact, when asked about his superpower, Bruce Wayne has said that he is very rich. This pretty much makes him Iron Man for DCEU. However, depending on what fan is asked, Bruce Wayne might have a “super power” that is perhaps a lot different than what he has said in the film.

In the comics and some adaptations, Bruce Wayne is actually very intelligent. His intelligence is at the point where it could be considered a super power. He is able to figure things out as a detective and can take on any challenge not with force, but with his intelligence. Therefore, it is not just that he is rich, even though his wealth that he was born into may have helped with the development of his intelligence.

There are still plans to get the next Batman solo film out which Ben Affleck has ultimately decided not to direct, handing the directorial duties to Matt Reeves. As far as what is known about the upcoming Batman Solo film, it is going to be a detective story. This is something that has not been seen or focused on with any Batman film. Instead, the stories on screen have been more action oriented with a little bit of mystery depending on the type of film that is being presented.

The DCEU has had a rather rough start given the dodgy handling of the stories of certain superheroes, namely Superman. Fortunately, there does seem to be hope for the next project with the success of Wonder Woman.

How Many Villains Are Going To Appear in The Batman?

The seemingly troubled Ben Affleck solo Batman project — appropriately titled The Batman — is going to present the Caped Crusader with some major villainy. Three bad guys are reportedly going to be featured in the film. The Joker, The Scarecrow, and Deathstroke the Terminator are all rumored to appear in the film.

 

That might sound cool to serious comic book movie fans, but too many villains do not automatically mean the movie is going to be great in a “battle royale kind of way.” The film may end up pretty muddled.

 

Past movie mishaps do present teachable moments. Among the most important lessons for a superhero movie is keep the number of villains short. One main villain and, maybe, a single supporting villain help keep the focus on the narrative. Too many villains can make things a bit difficult. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was plagued by too many villains. Was Electro or The Green Goblin the main villain? And why was The Rhino given such a weak cameo?

 

Adding a lot of villains — and a few extra heroes — to a film does bring studios a benefit. More merchandise and toys can be produced based off the film. Toys and merchandise mean more licensing agreements and money. When a film’s budget pushes or exceeds $200 million, the studio relies on merchandising to offset costs. More marketable characters help the cause immensely.

 

Then again, a really bad film does not exactly move a lot of merchandise. The script does need to be good and too many villains may undermine the script.

 

At the present, it is way too premature to deem the script bad or the movie disappointing. And honestly, Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman were critically trashed and still made huge money.

 

Not worrying about a film being disappointing does not exactly describe how Warner Bros. and D.C. Comics feel about their future films. One of the main reasons The Batman is going through such development turmoil is the Warner and D.C. Comics do not want any more critical fiascos.

 

Rumors are going to swirl about The Batman from now until the day it is released. Hopefully, future rumors will focus on just how great the film is turning out to be.

The Cinematic Batman

Batman first appeared in 1939 in Detective Comics issue 27 fascinating young readers with his dark façade and unquenchable thirst for justice. A few years later in 1943 Batman would make his first appearance on the silver screen, cementing his place in pop cultural history. Since then, there have been many different incarnations of Batman on the big screen; from the campy portrayal of the cape crusader in the 60’s to the dark and realistic portrayal of Batman in the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight movies, Batman seems to be a character that is constantly being reenvisioned and who’s story is constantly being retold.

 

The most recent actor to dawn the infamous Batman cowl was Ben Affleck in the box office hit Batman V Superman. There were mixed feelings about Affleck taking up the Batman mantel. Some fans (myself included) were disappointed that Affleck’s Batman would be yet another incarnation of the iconic character and not a continuation of the Dark Knight saga. Many fans assumed that Gordon-Levitt would be reprising role as John Blake as the next Batman effectively typing in the Christopher Nolan universe with the Man of Steel franchise.

 

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is arguably the best and most accurate portrayal of Batman to date. A big reason for the Dark Knight’s success is not only the brilliant work done by Nolan in creating a realistically dark and gritty universe—largely inspired by Frank Miller’s graphic novels—but also its “finite narrative”. In a recent interview promoting his new movie Snowden, The Dark Knight Rises’ actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was asked about whether he had hoped to be the one to take up the cowl as the next Batman. Gordon-Levitt argues that The Dark Knight Rises was a perfect ending to the Dark Knight trilogy. Nolan set out to tell a story, a finite story with a begging, middle, and end. Batman may be a symbol of justice, but having anyone but Bruce Wayne don the cape and cowl is unimaginable. Although bittersweet to fans that would have enjoyed seeing more of Nolan’s Dark Knight universe, the definitive end of The Dark Knight Rises is arguably why the movies are so iconic.

Ben Affleck Is Trying To Put Together A Good Batman Movie

The previous DC films that have been released, Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, have earned a lot of profits. However, they did not gain the critical and fan acclaim that Warner Bros was hoping for. There are a lot of good reasons for this. One reason is that the films have been faced with a lot of studio interference. Suicide Squad itself has been faced with issues with pre-production, production and post production. For one thing, there have been many different versions of the film that have been made. However, the version of the film that was finally released to the public is probably not the best version that could have been released.

 

Ben Affleck is now involved with the production of the upcoming standalone Batman film. However, he has revealed that he is still in the scripting phase of the film. Therefore, it may be a little longer before they finally start making the film. One thing that could be said for Ben Affleck is that he has shown himself to be a really good director of films and he is likely going to have some similarities to Chris Nolan when it comes to the quality of the Batman films.

 

One thing that Ben Affleck has to keep in consideration is that he is not just writing a Batman movie, he is also having to come up with a film that fits in with the universe that DC films is trying to establish. However, with the way things are looking, it looks like Ben Afflick’s Batman is going to be the first good film in the DCEU. As a matter of fact, this could be the kick start of a phase 2 of the DC cinematic univese.

 

Ben Affleck does take his directing and acting very seriously. He has likely learned vicariously from Batman V Superman. One thing that he understands is that it is probably not good to try to give fans everything all at once.

 

The Cinematic Batman

Batman first appeared in 1939 in Detective Comics issue 27 fascinating young readers with his dark façade and unquenchable thirst for justice. A few years later in 1943 Batman would make his first appearance on the silver screen, cementing his place in pop cultural history. Since then, there have been many different incarnations of Batman on the big screen; from the campy portrayal of the cape crusader in the 60’s to the dark and realistic portrayal of Batman in the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight movies, Batman seems to be a character that is constantly being reenvisioned and who’s story is constantly being retold.

The most recent actor to dawn the infamous Batman cowl was Ben Affleck in the box office hit Batman V Superman. There were mixed feelings about Affleck taking up the Batman mantel. Some fans (myself included) were disappointed that Affleck’s Batman would be yet another incarnation of the iconic character and not a continuation of the Dark Knight saga. Many fans assumed that Gordon-Levitt would be reprising role as John Blake as the next Batman effectively typing in the Christopher Nolan universe with the Man of Steel franchise.

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is arguably the best and most accurate portrayal of Batman to date. A big reason for the Dark Knight’s success is not only the brilliant work done by Nolan in creating a realistically dark and gritty universe—largely inspired by Frank Miller’s graphic novels—but also its “finite narrative”. In a recent interview promoting his new movie Snowden, The Dark Knight Rises’ actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was asked about whether he had hoped to be the one to take up the cowl as the next Batman. Gordon-Levitt argues that The Dark Knight Rises was a perfect ending to the Dark Knight trilogy. Nolan set out to tell a story, a finite story with a begging, middle, and end. Batman may be a symbol of justice, but having anyone but Bruce Wayne don the cape and cowl is unimaginable. Although bittersweet to fans that would have enjoyed seeing more of Nolan’s Dark Knight universe, the definitive end of The Dark Knight Rises is arguably why the movies are so iconic.