When production on The Batman shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was new ground for a major studio tentpole film. As we wait to see how long the shut down will last, director Matt Reeves is sharing some additional info on how it has impacted the production.
Reeves is conducting interviews to promote his new Amazon series, Tales From the Loop. Speaking with The New York Times, he shared some thoughts on what it has been like stepping away from the film for a while.
“The whole thing is quite surreal,” said Reeves. “As much as we wanted to proceed, we wanted to make sure we were safe. We didn’t want anyone on our crew to get sick. But there was a crew member who actually got it, an incredible dialect coach named Andrew Jack, and he passed away. We were all in utter shock and heartbroken. It’s been weeks since we shut down, so I don’t think it was passed among the crew. But it’s very, very upsetting.”
Reeves was asked if he had even contemplated returning to set yet, and he confirmed that he has. “Of course, [I want] to come back when the time is right. I’ve worked on a few things where, for various reasons, you have to stop for a moment — a cast member gets sick, and you have to shut down for a week. You can take stock of what you’ve done and prepare for what’s coming. I don’t think it’s a moment where I’m going, “Why aren’t we shooting?” I’m thinking, “There are bigger things.”
As to what that film will look like, and if the studio has had much say, Reeves shared some thoughts, saying, “Of course these things have to be mined in a way that can make these companies money.” He went on to add, “You never know whether the people in charge of those I.P.s [intellectual properties] are going to be open to your vision. But if they weren’t, I wouldn’t have done “Batman.” I was like, look, there have been some great “Batman” films and I don’t want to just make a “Batman” film. I want to do something that has some emotional stakes. My ambition is for it to be incredibly personal using the metaphors of that world. It feels like this really odd throwback to the movies I came up on from the ’70s, like Klute or Chinatown. I’m not saying we’re achieving anything like that. Those are masterpieces. But that’s the ambition.”
When The Batman will resume production is anyone’s guess, but it sounds as though Reeves will be ready to go the second he’s given the green light.
The Batman is currently scheduled to hit theaters on June 25, 2021.
SOURCE: The New York Times