The Batman is going to be a ‘grounded’ film, but Matt Reeves has said that doesn’t completely rule out villains such as Mr. Freeze.
Speaking with the press recently in Los Angeles, Reeves addressed the possibility of ‘fantastical’ villains in future The Batman sequels, and he’s not ruling it out.
“In my view, I just feel drawn to finding the grounded version of everything,” said Reeves in a response to Fandom‘s Eric Goldman. “To me, it would be a challenge in an interesting way to try to figure out how that could happen. Even the idea of something like Mr. Freeze, that’s such a great story, right? I think there’s actually a grounded version of that story that could be really powerful and could be really great. I love that fantastical side of Batman but this iteration, obviously, to me while being very comics faithful but I don’t think this one necessarily.. it doesn’t lean into the fantastical, I guess, but I think to me what would be interesting would be to try to unwind that fantastical and see, ‘Well, how could that make sense here?’ and so that’s kinda my view, how I see it.”
Grounded solutions may also need to extend to members of the Bat-Family as well. Asked by Neil Bui of Dorkaholics if he was ready to take on a Robin, Robert Pattinson replied, “Yeah but he has to be 13. That’s the only way I’ll accept it. No, I love “Death in the Family” and stuff. I think it would be so cool. Also, people are so scared of it, that it’s kind of exciting. I think it would be a really fun addition.”
“Totally, I agree with that,” added Reeves. “The thing about doing a Batman movie, it’s scary to do a Batman movie. First of all, there have been great ones. Also, every single one of you has a vision of Batman in your head…. I also like “Death in the Family” and I think the idea of being able to approach some of the stories and think, ‘How can we do this in a way that feels fresh and grounded?’ Look at the scary thing and see if there’s a way to do it. The question is, would we be too scared? I think we should try.”
The Batman is scheduled to hit theaters on March 4, 2022, and will arrive on HBO Max on April 19, 2022. General release tickets are on sale now.