Matt Reeves is continuing his way around the interview circuit for Amazon’s Tales From the Loop, and with that comes additional comments about the status of The Batman.
When production on The Batman shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, speculation has run rampant on what it will mean for the status of the film. Will Reeves and crew edit what they have? Will they rewrite any portion of it? Thanks to a new interview with Deadline, we now have answers to a lot of those questions and more.
“We’re not officially editing right now,” Reeves said. “We’ve actually shot a quarter of the movie and I have been pouring through dailies, looking at takes, and what’s to come.”
An unexpected side effect of being able to study the footage has been some potential changes to the tone. Reeves said, It happens any time you shoot anything. The unexpected — happy accidents and things you didn’t quite expect: That is the lightning in a bottle for something that is alive. I would say that the changes really have to do with ‘Oh, seeing the tone of this’ with these scenes we haven’t done which connect to that part of the storyline. It feels like there might be an opportunity to explore some of that unexpected tone that we found. With these movies, you never have enough prep time, because they’re so complex and so enormous in so many ways. It also gives me a moment to think about the larger sequences that have yet to come up and how I want to realize those.”
One thing Reeces is not doing during this break, however, is rewriting the script. “It took me two years to work on that story, and it’s a very specific mystery noir that’s been really thought-out by me and my partners,” said the director.
As the interview segued out of the film, Reeves did close by reflecting on the passing of dialect coach Andrew Jack from COVID-19. “He was a lovely and special person and it’s one of those things where it makes you re-prioritize and realize how fragile everything is. I’m tremendously focused on the movie, and, of course, it’s nice to be able to stop. But the real thing I’ve been thinking about is the state the world is in, and hoping that everyone is going to be OK and that everyone is going to social distance and do everything to be safe, because it’s a very scary time.”
The Batman is currently scheduled to hit theaters on June 25, 2021.