The release of The Batman is drawing closer by the day, and director Matt Reeves is beginning to open up about what we can expect from the film.
Director Matt Reeves has been quiet for a bit bit about The Batman as is to expected when wrapping up a film of this size. As work winds down, however, he is again out promoting his film. In a new interview with Esquire, he discusses the film in a lot of general ways, but he does get specific about one thing we won’t see: The death of Bruce Wayne’s parents. “We’ve seen it so many times,” said Reeves. “It’s been done too much. I knew we couldn’t do that.”
Reeves also discussed that Robert Pattinson was actually who had in mind for the role all along after seeing Good Time. What he didn’t know was if Pattinson would be interested in the role. After a meeting between the two that left Reeves, impressed, he still had to audition, and eventually won the role while wearing Val Kilmer’s Batsuit. Reeves wasn’t surprised the choice was polarizing, however, saying, “The people who were excited, I knew it was because they knew Rob’s work post-Twilight. The people who weren’t excited, I knew it was because they didn’t know Rob’s work post-Twilight.”
Also envisioned this time was a more realistic gear. The Batcave is based on a real-world abandoned subway station in New York City, while the Batmobile takes an even deeper inspiration. “The Nolan films established the Batmobile as a tank, which was a brilliant idea,” said Reeves. “But I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if this guy is a loner and a gearhead and fashioning these things by himself, taking parts of other cars and kit cars?’ So it’s recognizable as a car this time. But it’s like a muscle car. One that he’s made himself.”
The full interview is available via Esquire’s site and is worth the read.
Joining Pattinson in The Batman will be Paul Dano (The Riddler), Zoe Kravitz (Catwoman), Colin Farrell (The Penguin), John Turturro (Carmine Falcone), Jeffrey Wright (James Gordon), Andy Serkis (Alfred Pennyworth), and more. Matt Reeves serves as both writer and director.
The Batman is scheduled to hit theaters on March 4, 2022, and will arrive on HBO Max on April 19, 2022.