It was only on Friday we first shared news from Matt Reeves that he hoped his Batman film, which may or may not be called The Batman, would start filming by the end of the year. The Batman is set to release sometime in 2021, which should give the director plenty of time to shoot the movie and have it ready before WB plans on releasing it.
We know very little thus far about The Batman, first of all, it likely won’t be called that, this name was instead a leftover from the project Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns were working on. However, Matt Reeves has gone in a completely new direction and Ben Affleck is no longer playing Batman in the DCEU. We have also heard rumor of two more details, one that Batman will be far younger in this movie and two that the movie would focus far more on Batman’s detective skills and feature multiple villains.
Today we have a third rumor to add to the mix and this one comes from the folks over at Discussing Film. The outlet claims that they have heard Matt Reeves’ Batman movie will, in fact, be set in the ’90s in a similar fashion to very recent Captain Marvel movie which of course saw Marvel take their own universe right back to 1995.
To be honest, this does make a lot of sense, at first. If Reeves wants a younger Batman and not to be encumbered by the story that was built around Ben Affleck’s Batman, then setting the movie almost 30 years in the past seems like a good idea. However, when you really start to think about it, this also causes many issues which could be avoided. For one the technology at Batman’s disposal would be 90’s tech and I’m sure most of you are old enough to remember how rubbish computers were in the ’90s, for a start there would be no internet. Yeah I know, Batman started in the ’30s, but that modern technology really helps the character with his detective work. Secondly, this is going to cause an issue if WB ever decides to go ahead with a second Justice League movie.
It may be prudent to just guess there will be no more Justice League movies, but that seems like an awful waste of ideas. We still have Wonder Woman, Aquaman and even Shazam which appear to be able to fit into an ongoing universe where Justice League happened and could happen again. But this would leave a giant bat-sized hole where Ben Affleck’s older Bruce Wayne should be. I really do think that WB might be making a mistake in allowing Reeves to go back and tell the history of Batman, because how is this younger man going to ever be able to appear in Justice League with Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa? Unless of course WB decide to have 2 actors playing Batman at the same time, one the older version of the other? This would also (I will guess), mean a recast for both Alfred who was played by Jeremy Irons and Commissioner Gordon who was played by J.K. Simmons. (Can we have Simmons back at Marvel please to play J. Jonah Jamieson?)
I really struggle to see the logic in any of WB plans in general, but perhaps we just need to see it all play out and take it from there. If Matt Reeves can deliver a great Batman film, then who really cares about what comes next? That seems to be the attitude of WB in all this, however, I guess as a world-building kind of guy, I can’t help looking at the bigger picture here.
What do you think of this rumor, would you like to see Matt Reeves go back to the ’90s with The Batman, or do you share any of my concerns? Sound off in the usual place below as always.
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SOURCE: Discussing Film