The Batman is DC’s newest reboot featuring the World’s Greatest Detective, with Robert Pattinson playing the titular role. Following the huge anticipation, The Batman was released last March and it was acclaimed by critics and the audience, who praised the movie’s dark tone, grounded setting, detective story, Reeves’ direction, and performances, although the runtime of 2 hours and 55 minutes received some criticism.
Before the movie was released, rarely did someone believe that the movie will be so successful, but some took it so far that they compared it to Christopher Nolan’s legendary trilogy which he made between 2005 and 2012. David S. Goyer, who worked on the script of the first movie, Batman Begins, and contributed to the story of The Dark Knight, now shared his thoughts on Matt Reeves’ DC flick.
In a recent interview, Goyer was asked about his thoughts on The Batman. Goyer praised Reeves’ take on the Caped Crusader. He called the movie an “awarding experience”, and noted that Reeves is “a really good filmmaker.” You can read the whole answer down below:
“A lot of Batman stories are told from an objective standpoint. You’re showing different characters as they relate to Batman, and we’re on the outside looking in. But what was interesting with something like this is that you almost have to figure out ways for Bruce or Batman to narrate it. So that allows us a more internal or more subjective perspective on the character that we don’t frequently see depicted. Ironically, though, one of the things that I liked about Matt Reeves’ The Batman is that we were hearing his voice-over diary, which is frankly not something that had occurred to me before in that regard. But we were able to tackle that when he’s leaving his lab notes to himself or recording things. We’re getting his internal observations or we’re hearing him in phone conversations or over the radio or things like that. So instead of being on the outside looking in, this story takes place more from the inside looking outward, and that was a fun opportunity for me.” — David S. Goyer for The Hollywood Reporter
“It was rewarding for me. It’s interesting because when you read Batman comics, there are miniseries, graphic novels, Earth One versions, Elseworlds stories, and Black Label stories, and all of these different writers and artists doing their particular take on a Batman story. So, many of them are quite different and many of them are quite unusual, and that’s one of the fun parts of consuming comic books. So I just saw [The Batman] fairly recently in Prague, and I didn’t know exactly what to expect or what I would think of it. I saw it with a number of my crew members on Foundation, and they were all expecting me to hate it. But I really enjoyed it a lot. It was a fun experience. I really like Pattinson’s Batman, and I like what they did with the Riddler. Reeves is a really good filmmaker, so I was in for the ride.” — David S. Goyer for The Hollywood Reporter
The Batman is now streaming on HBOMax. The sequel is in development, with Reeves set to return as director, and Robert Pattison and Zoë Kravitz also set to reprise their roles as Batman and Catwoman, respectively.