Every single time Matt Reeves tweets or is interviewed he seems to reveal more about The Batman, and we don’t mind that at all.
He’s been at it again. This time the director was talking to Nerdist about the psychology of the character and where he thinks he can take things that we haven’t seen before.
We know that this won’t be yet another origin story but will be set when he was quite new to his time in the mask and cowl.
He revealed he had doubts that Warners would go for his ideas and take on the character but that if they didn’t then he would have walked away.
Luckily they agreee to his pitch, which he describes as humanist with the character grounded and realistic emotionally and psychologically:
“It’s not even like that’s an approach that I take, like it’s some kind of idea of, ‘Wouldn’t it be great?’ It’s sort of the only thing that allows me to understand how to do it. I can only understand where the camera goes and how to talk about the story, how to write the story, how to talk to the actors, if I understand emotionally what it is I have to do. Otherwise I’d be lost.
I wanted to do not an origin tale, but a tale that would still acknowledge his origins, in that it formed who he is. Like this guy, he’s majorly struggling, and this is how he’s trying to rise above that struggle. But that doesn’t mean that he even fully understands, you know. It’s that whole idea of the shadow self and what’s driving you, and how much of that you can incorporate, and how much of it you’re doing that you’re unaware of.
There’s something in there that feels very psychological, very emotional, and it felt like there was a way of exploring that along with the corruption in this place, Gotham. That feels very current. I think it always does. There’s almost no time when you can’t do a story about corruption. But today, it still seems incredibly resonant and maybe, from my perspective, maybe more so than maybe at other time.
I just felt like well, what I’d love to do is to get a version of this Batman character where he’s not yet fully formed. Where there’s something to do in this context with who that guy would be in this world today, and to ground him in all of these broken ways. Because at the end of the day, this guy is doing all of this to deal with trauma in his past.”
The production totally on COVID19 hold and no restart date yet in the diary we don’t know of the original release date will stand.
Reeves goes on to say that Tim Burton’s Batman Returns and Nolan’s The Dark Knight are his favorites in Batman history due to their dedication to a singular vision.
However Batman, with its multiple lead actors, inconsistent timeline and different creative visions all within a framework are making it veer dangerously close to being the American James Bond.