While the news cycle has slowed-down we finally have some new tidbits about The Batman. Nerdist was able to talk with the director and co-writer of the film, Matt Reeves, revealing he’s not making an origin tale.
REEVES: “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.”
Deadline also spoke with Matt Reeves about The Batman’s status, which the director says only one-quarter of the filming had been completed before COVID-19 concerns in the United Kingdom paused production.
REEVES: “We’re not officially editing right now. We’ve actually shot a quarter of the movie and I have been pouring through dailies, looking at takes, and what’s to come.”
He also potentially hints that they won’t begin again anytime soon with the situation as it is in London. Production was supposed to begin again in two weeks but things have changed as COVID-19 spread has increased across the globe and the new advisory to stay at home. A film production doesn’t seem likely to ramp-up when the country is asking crowds to assemble.
REEVES: “It’s way too early to say. I can’t imagine we wouldn’t finish in London. The situation is fluid.”
Filming was taking place at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Watford, England and Scotland before the pause.
Director Matt Reeves (the “Planet of the Apes” films) is at the helm, with Robert Pattinson (upcoming “Tenet,” “The Lighthouse,” “Good Time”) starring as Gotham City’s vigilante detective, Batman, and billionaire Bruce Wayne.
Starring alongside Pattinson as Gotham’s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (the “Hunger Games” films) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Black Mass”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Dumbo”) as Oswald Cobblepot.
Warner Bros. gave the film a release date of June 25th, 2021 but unlikely will be able to hit that release date and I wouldn’t be shocked it gets pushed to December 2021 or moved to the summer of 2022.
SOURCE: DEADLINE & NERDIST