There have been lots of rumors and speculation regarding the standalone Batman movie directed by Matt Reeves. He participated at the TCA-panel (Television Critics Association) where he promoted his mid-season drama The Passage on Fox, where he got asked some questions regarding his DCEU-project The Batman.
He revealed that he will send in a draft in two weeks: “We are working on getting our draft [in] the next couple weeks,” Reeves said. “Right now, my head is totally into the script. Right now, I’m going to be leaving here to go back to work on the script.”
He furthermore stated that the movie will go into production as early as spring 2019:
“What we’ve talked about is hopefully in the spring or early summer, something like that,” Reeves said. Now I’m just speculating but if they keep the budget relatively tight, say $55-75 million we could potentially see a December 2019 release date. But again, it’s just speculation.
He also gave an update on if Ben Affleck will play Batman once more or not and he states that he is still talking to Ben Affleck about the part: “There are ways in which all of this connects to DC, to the DC universe as well,” Reeves said. “We’re one piece of many pieces so I don’t want to comment on that except to say that I’m focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world.”
Even though Justice League was a box-office disappointment, Matt Reeves states that he hasn’t changed his plans due to the resurgence of a lighter overall tone in the Worlds of DC.“From the beginning, what I had always spoken about with Warner Brothers and what I was excited about was being in the Bat-universe and really doing something within that sphere,” Reeves said. “That was always what it was going to be so in that way it hasn’t changed a lot since I first met with them. It’s very much the same thrust if that makes sense. A lot of things have happened since then but the movie, and why I’m excited about it, is it continues to be the same inspirations and excitement of what we talked about in the beginning.”
There were reports out there that suggested that the script was heavily inspired (or a direct adaptation) of the Frank Miller graphic novel Batman: Year One. But that rumor has now been debunked.
“We’re not doing any particular [comic],” Reeves said. “Year One is one of the many comic books that I love. We are definitely not doing Year One. It’s just exciting to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and very personal to him. Obviously, we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that. We’re doing a story that is definitively Batman though and trying to tell a story that’s emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me since I was a kid, made me love Batman.”