Following up on the runaway success of Aquaman, which just this week passed The Dark Knight Rises to become the highest-grossing DC superhero movie of all time, Warner Brothers have finally turned their attention back to a new Batman movie so that the Caped Crusader can attempt to win back his box office crown. Falling in line with recent rumours, it appears that Ben Affleck will not return to the role and instead the new movie will focus on a younger version of The Dark Knight. That’s right, it’s Batman Begins all over again. Matt Reeves is still attached to direct, having taken over the project back in 2017 when Affleck himself bowed out as director and a release date has been set for 2021. Hit the jump for more info.
According to Deadline, Warner Brothers has announced that the standalone movie The Batman will hit theatres on June 25th, 2021. Matt Reeves will direct from a script that he co-wrote with former DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and the movie will focus on a younger version of the character. Reeves recently told THR about his take on the character:
“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. 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.”
He also stated that Warner Brothers are no longer concerned with trying to connect the DC movies in terms of tone or story. There was previously some speculation that the movie might be based on Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One comics, but that no longer appears to be the case. Are you looking forward to The Batman? Who would you like to see don the cape and cowl?