Matt Reeves On His Netflix Deal and The Future of The Batman Film

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Matt Reeves is the much talked about director who is tackling the mysterious film The Batman, which has been the subject of speculation over the past several months or so. Who is Matt Reeves? Well, he’s worked closely with other well-respected director J.J. Abrams on multiple projects in the past and in recent times, has successfully relaunched the Planet of the Apes franchise.

Sitting down recently with THR, he was able to speak about his experience as a filmmaker and his hopes for this ambitious Batman film. There are plenty of goodies if you want to check out the full interview, but I thought it was interesting Reeves response as he was asked about streaming platforms such as Netflix, which has been a subject of criticism for Reeves’s mentor Steven Spielberg.

You recently inked a film deal with Netflix. Your mentor, Spielberg, is among those who has taken aim at the streamer’s distribution model. Do you share any of his concerns?

I don’t feel that way. The movies I grew up watching and imagined myself making don’t get made anymore. But now they are starting to again by streamers like Netflix, Amazon and Apple. Anything that allows the middle to come back so you can do humanist stories in addition to these bigger stories is a good thing. I understand the love for a movie on the screen, but you also want to stay with the times.

Have you talked with Netflix about theatrical distribution for your films? Any guarantees in your deal?

It’s all a per-film basis. They want to be able to [release films theatrically] as much as it makes sense. There are certain projects we are involved in that I think it will happen and then others where it probably won’t. It will depend on the final products and the filmmakers involved. I binge-watched the first season of Handmaid’s Tale, and it was a very powerful show. It wasn’t like I didn’t have a profound experience with that show because it wasn’t on the big screen. So I’m willing to be open to the experience, but it would be tragic if we ever lost that part of the moviegoing thing.

Your last TV overall was a two-year pact with 20th TV. Do you intend to stay put or are you tempted to add TV to your Netflix deal?

We’re feeling it out now, so I’m not quite sure what we’ll do. I’m excited to have the option to go to all different places. I like being able to have that flexibility because I like making sure that the home is right for the project.

Now let’s get to the interesting stuff. Batman. Reeves went to speak about his take on the character, explaining how everything rests on his shoulders and how Reeves hopes that the tale he will be able to tell will be emotional and raw. Reeves also explained that in his “noir” Batman tale that it will focus on his detective skills more than we’ve seen in previous movies, which is great considering that the Detective Comics have been ongoing for some time and I believe people forget that Batman is almost very much like a Sherlock Holmes of the superhero realm.

Do you have a title yet?

(Laughs.) Right now it’s called The Batman. What it will be called ultimately, I don’t know.

Have you begun the casting process?

There will be a Rogues Gallery. The casting process will begin shortly. We’re starting to put together our battle plan. I’m doing another pass on the script and we’ll begin some long-lead stuff to start developing conceptual things.

What’s your goal as far as a release date?

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.

How involved are you with the other films in the DC universe, be it Harley Quinn or Batgirl?

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.

So, there you have it. 2021 is the hope for Reeves to release his film and hopefully, we’ll be getting news on casting in the near future, because as we know, our community wants to know who will don the Cape! Who do you want Reeves to cast as Batman and are you excited for this film?

Head over to THR for the FULL interview.