Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) attended the Television Critics Association summer press tour today for FOX drama The Passage, and /Film reports that the director gave more details about his upcoming film, which may or may not be called The Batman.
“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.” And filming is expected to take place in 2019. “What we’ve talked about is hopefully in the spring or early summer, something like that,” he added.
Reeves told the site that he was still talking to Ben Affleck, who was originally going to direct the film, about his involvement. “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.”
According to Reeves, “From the beginning, what I had always spoken about with Warner Brothers and what I was excited about was being in the Batuniverse and really doing something within that sphere.”
One thing it’s not, however, is Batman: Year One. “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.”
He added: “I’ve talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham.”
Warner Bros. Pictures has not set an official release date for the film yet.