Matt Reeves must have a really good idea for The Batman. The director recently revealed that Warner Bros. is “really excited” about his pitch for The Batman and talking to Uproxx, Reeves revealed that he was given assurances that he could make the movie his way. This is the same deal Reeves made when he first approached 20th Century Fox regarding Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Studios are well known for meddling in big projects, so it was probably a smart move for Reeves to make sure he has complete control on the project.
See the full interview below:
So the answer is yes, you did want assurances [before signing on to The Batman]. Maybe assurances isn’t the right word…
Reeves: No, it is.
So you are telling them, “Here’s what I want to do with Batman”?
Reeves: Yeah. When I come in, what I say is, “Look. First of all, you’re asking me if I’m interested in this franchise. I am. I love this franchise. I’ve loved it since I was a kid. But here’s the way in which I’m interested in it. And if you’re not interested in it in that way, then that’s totally fine.” And the good news was, they said, “Yeah, we’re really interested in that way.” And I remember this on Dawn, too. There would be moments where I came in for a pitch that was a certain version of the movie, and somewhere along the way, because they didn’t know me or whatever it was, they’d say, “Why don’t we do this?” And I would just simply say, “But that’s not the movie that we talked about. That’s not the movie I want to do.” And I have to say that they always backed down when it came down to that. And it’s kind of the way that I’ve always done it. And here’s the thing: I’m always happy not to do something. I’m usually looking for the reason to say no.
This should be exciting news for fans of Batman. With projects such as Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. was rumoured to get extremely involved in the filmmaking process, even having different companies edit the final cut of the movie. With the Planet Of The Apes movies, Matt Reeves has proven himself to be a great director and he should be allowed to make the Batman movie he’s always wanted to make.