San Diego Comic-Con attendees implore Matt Reeves to not screw up The Batman. Reeves, who made a name for himself earlier this decade by helming two of the modern Planet of the Apes movies, signed on to direct The Batman in 2017. After a couple of years in development, The Batman is finally moving forward and is set for a June 2021 release date. Robert Pattinson is portraying the lead role, taking over for the departed Ben Affleck, already earning the approval of younger fans.
Unfortunately, Warner Bros./DC skipped Hall H at Comic-Con this year, meaning fans won't be getting any updates about The Batman (or other DCEU related projects) this week. As it stands right now, Reeves and company are targeting late 2019 for the start of filming, so there will hopefully be Batman movie coming soon over the next few months. In the meantime, all fans can do is wait and hope, and some of them are sending Reeves words of encouragement as he begins his journey.
During the "Musical Anatomy of a Superhero" panel at Comic-Con, Michael Giacchino (who collaborated with Reeves on Planet of the Apes) decided to tease his friend with a video message from the crowd. Those in attendance at the panel said in unison, "Hey, Matt. Don't screw up our Batman movie!" Reeves, good sport he is, shared the video on his Twitter account:
Obviously, this was done in jest, but Batman fans shouldn't be too concerned with Reeves at the helm. His two Planet of the Apes installments truly elevated that franchise from a critical standing, crafting compelling, character-based drama within big-budget spectacle. Working with an actor as talented as Pattinson, Reeves should be right in his wheelhouse on The Batman, tapping into the character's status as the world's greatest detective that hasn't really been hinted at onscreen before. Additionally, The Batman is looking to keep things fresh in regards to Bruce Wayne's portrayal. Reeves is bypassing the well-known origin story, having his Batman be about 30 years old by the time the movie picks up. This'll help differentiate The Batman from other recent cinematic takes (including Affleck's grizzled version) and hopefully deliver something new.
After a rocky start punctuated by the critical and commercial failure of Justice League, WB seems to be in a bit of a groove adapting their library of DC characters. With less of an emphasis on an interconnected shared universe, standalone films like Aquaman and Shazam have been well-received, and there's palpable excitement for Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984. Ideally, The Batman will be another winner for the studio and give WB another franchise to build. They clearly are hoping The Batman is more than just a one-off, and Reeves will likely make it into something special.
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