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.
The D.C. Extended Universe has not exactly taken off as smoothly as Superman leaps to the sky. Man of Steel, Suicide Squad, and Batman v. Superman did not exactly make people forget about Marvel’s output or the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. Warner Bros. and D.C. Comics have no desire to give up on any dreams of superhero cash cows. Plans to continue the D.C. Extended Universe are already drawn up. The projects in the pipeline are quite impressive.
The Flash and The Batman are delayed, but Aquaman is right on schedule. Aquaman may prove to be one of the more interesting projects thanks to the incredibly charismatic Jason Momoa in the title role. Aquaman was always a lower-tier D.C. Comics hero, but he has a chance to really break out on his own thanks to the skills of Momoa.
Black Adam is an anti-hero no one outside of readers of Shazam! have ever heard of. Dwayne Johnson is playing the role of Black Adam so the film is a guaranteed hit. The Shazam! film may suffer from being derivative of Superman, a character that hasn’t had much success since Superman III in 1983. The recent reboots really underwhelmed.
Cyborg might be able to bring the gap between superheroes and science in the same way Iron Mad did for Marvel. Cyborg is not a well-known character, but he is making a big debut in the Justice League movie. The high-profile first appearance should effectively set Cyborg up nicely for a solo film. This is, of course, provided the Justice League film is a good one.
Several other interesting films projects such as Gotham City Sirens and Green Lantern Corps sound intriguing. A few of the other projects such as the supernatural hero ensemble Dark Universe may be harder sells.
The good thing here is the D.C. Extended Universe is trudging forward and, hopefully, will be around a decade from now.