Matt Reeves has already expressed that Warner Bros. is “really excited” about his idea for The Batman, and in a new interview today with Uproxx he explained that he was given assurances that he could make the movie his way.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
So the answer is yes, you did want assurances [before signing on to The Batman]. Maybe assurances isn’t the right word…
Reeves: No, it is.
So you are telling them, “Here’s what I want to do with Batman”?
Reeves: Yeah. When I come in, what I say is, “Look. First of all, you’re asking me if I’m interested in this franchise. I am. I love this franchise. I’ve loved it since I was a kid. But here’s the way in which I’m interested in it. And if you’re not interested in it in that way, then that’s totally fine.” And the good news was, they said, “Yeah, we’re really interested in that way.” And I remember this on Dawn, too. There would be moments where I came in for a pitch that was a certain version of the movie, and somewhere along the way, because they didn’t know me or whatever it was, they’d say, “Why don’t we do this?” And I would just simply say, “But that’s not the movie that we talked about. That’s not the movie I want to do.” And I have to say that they always backed down when it came down to that. And it’s kind of the way that I’ve always done it. And here’s the thing: I’m always happy not to do something. I’m usually looking for the reason to say no.
This is really good news given the dramatic stories we’ve heard about Warner Bros. messing with the director cuts of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Matt Reeves is a proven filmmaker and should be allowed to make the Batman movie he wants to make. A noir driven, detective version of Batman sounds pretty awesome, after all.