After months of only minor updates on The Batman, writer/director Matt Reeves has given some fresh details on the long-gestating solo movie. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves has teased that we'll be seeing a different side to The Caped Crusader than we've seen before.
"It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It's told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it's going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It's more Batman in his detective mode than we've seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He's supposed to be the world's greatest detective, and that's not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I'd love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime; it's going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation."
Warner Bros' Worlds of DC (formerly known as DCEU) has done an impressive job bouncing back after a rocky start. Wonder Woman and Aquaman proved that fans would turn out in big numbers for a good movie, and it doesn't have to set up five sequels or introduce all the characters. When quizzed over his possible involvement in other DC projects, Reeves commented that Warner Bros is in no rush to push characters together before they're ready.
"Right now, I'm involved in The Batman. What it will be called ultimately, I don't know. Aquaman is going to be very different from the Todd Phillips Joker movie, and that's going to be different from Shazam and Harley Quinn. Warners believes they don't have to try to develop a giant slate that has to have all the plans for how it's going to connect. What they need to try and do is make good movies with these characters."
There are still no details on Ben Affleck's involvement in the movie or an official release date. However, Reeves did comment that summer 2021 was a possibility.
"We haven't been dated. I wouldn't commit to this, but we're thinking the movie would probably be for 2021, late spring or summer. Warner Bros. has been incredibly supportive and given me a lot of time and shared the same passion that I do for this story."