February 7, 2023
The Batman | Matt Reeves' Batman Adventure is Set for a June 2021 Release without Ben Affleck

Matt Reeves also confirms ‘The Batman’ will feature a Rogue’s Gallery of villains…

Matt Reeves recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to update the world on the progress of his highly anticipated noir Batman detective adventure and clarified a few things amidst rising fears the project will never get off the ground. Hot on the heels of the writer/director submitting the script to Warner Bros for approval, Reeves has confirmed that the project remains titled ‘The Batman’ for now!

“Right now, it’s called The Batman. What it will be called ultimately, I don’t know.”

As for the movie itself, he went on to tackle the tone of the movie which he feels is key to producing a true representation of The Dark Knight on screen.

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional.” He went on to add, “It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”

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As for the official casting which comes amidst rumours suggesting Ben Affleck’s tenure at Gotham’s Caped Crusader has come to an end, Reeves confirmed that casting will begin soon, for what he teases will be a “rogues gallery” of villains.

“There will be a Rogues Gallery. I’m doing another pass on the script and we’ll begin some long-lead stuff to start developing conceptual things.”

This is exciting news. Where once confusion and chaos dogged what we hope will be a stunning addition to the Batman cinematic archive, Matt Reeves has clarified many aspects of the project which on paper promises to be a gripping and authentic Batman adventure. However, in a further report from the team at Deadline, confirmation of Ben Affleck’s departure has arisen which appears to be endorsed by the actor himself via social media.

This reaction all but confirms Ben Affleck‘s departure as the Gotham Knight. This news will not come as a great surprise to Bat-fans given the uncertainty surrounding Affleck’s personal life right now and Reeves’ wish for a younger incarnation of Batman to lead the line in his noir adventure. What this means for the future of the Justice League brand remains to be seen, but the report continues to nail down a release date for The Batman which has been set as June 25, 2021.

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The unequivocal success of Aquaman has clarified the thinking of Warner Bros. officials who have now decided that all future DC motion pictures will primarily focus on great storytelling based upon the adventures of individual characters, therefore curtailing the adventures of the Justice League for the foreseeable future. However, with movies like Shazam, Joker, Birds of Prey, Aquaman 2 and The Batman all headed our way over the next few years, the DC Universe is alive and kicking and back to doing what it does best…making the greatest comic book characters come to life on the biggest stage of them all.

The Batman is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021, but you don’t have to wait that long for the next dose of DC awesomeness…Shazam hits our screens this April.


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Source: Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter


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