We are barely two weeks away from The Batman finally making it to theaters after seemingly endless delays. Nobody knows quite what to expect. We know it is going to be different.

Burton was like a gothic nightmare. Frank Miller meets Edward Scissorhands. Schumacher seemed to veer intentionally camp. Like a big-budget version of the 1960s TV show but without fully committing to it.


Nolan went realistic and grounded, with science and technology at the heart of explanations, while at times seemed to be channeling movies like Heat. Snyder was making sci-fi and fantasy in a brutal world. Batman is now effectively American James Bond. Re-cast every few years with a new take on the character, but within a framework that guides the approach.


Matt Reeves’ The Batman has been spoken about as realistic and grounded and gritty, but very much channeling detective noir sensibilities. In places, it will be stripped back. The villains appear to be serial killers and mob bosses rather than full-on Batman freaks from the rogue’s gallery.

In an interview with Collider Reeves has discussed just that:

“In my view, I just feel drawn to finding the grounded version of everything. So to me, it would be a challenge in an interesting way to try and figure out how that could happen, even the idea of something like Mr. Freeze, that is such a great story, right? I think there’s actually a grounded version of that story, which could be really powerful and could be really great.

So, I love the fantastical side of Batman, but this iteration, obviously, while being, to me, I think it is very comics faithful, but I don’t think that this one is necessarily, it doesn’t lean as hard into the fantastical, I guess. But I think to me what would be interesting would be to try and unwind the fantastical and see, well, how could that make sense here? And so that’s kind of my view, how I see it.”

This comes after Pattinson said he will make more Batman with Reeves any time, as long as the public wants them to return. He has mentioned the Court Of Owls as villains in Part II, if they get that far.


The talk comes as advance tickets for the film are now on sale. The movie opens in theaters on March 4th.