Could The Batman director reconsider the tone of the film?
Movies are very stop-and-go. One day, a project is basically at a complete standstill, and the next you’re at 100 MPH. It’s the same on movie sets. You’re waiting, waiting, waiting, and then you’re going, going going. And when a project really gets going, there generally isn’t a lot of time to second-guess things. More movies than you’d think are made on a whirlwind of enthusiasm and nigh-unstoppable momentum. So, when things do stop — with a promise of coming back — filmmakers are given an odd opportunity.
They’re given an opportunity to re-think what they’ve brought to the table. With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading out across the world, many productions are having some unscheduled downtime. Sure, it may not be ideal — and the creative juices are likely at least affected by stress and anxiety…but the time is there. In the case of The Batman…can this delay actually result in writer-director Matt Reeves making writing changes?
“It took me two years to work on that story,” Reeves told Deadline, “and it’s a very specific mystery noir that’s been really thought-out by me and my partners.”
So, no. Don’t expect Reeves to be making any changes to the script or things moving forward. From the sound of it, the words on the page are about as well thought out as they will ever be. But that’s not to say that things won’t change at all. This time has allowed him to look over what’s already been shot and reconsider “the tone of things.”
“It happens any time you shoot anything,” Reeves said. “The unexpected — happy accidents and things you didn’t quite expect: That is the lightning in a bottle for something that is alive. I would say that the changes really have to do with ‘Oh, seeing the tone of this’ with these scenes we haven’t done which connect to that part of the storyline. It feels like there might be an opportunity to explore some of that unexpected tone that we found. With these movies, you never have enough prep time, because they’re so complex and so enormous in so many ways. It also gives me a moment to think about the larger sequences that have yet to come up and how I want to realize those.”
Obviously, because we have no idea about the context of the story, we can’t even begin to speculate about this. While we do know that this story will see Bruce Wayne give into a noir-driven mystery, we don’t know exactly how it will unfold. Given the words “noir-driven,” you’d think you’d at least have a small idea of how the tone would be portrayed. But since it’s such a classic genre, I guess it’s all about making it different in modern in its own unique way.
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SOURCE: New York Times