Cinephiles and all the people who are following the news coming from Hollywood are talking a lot about Matt Reeves these days. Not long ago he was best known as the director of Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes, but now, he will certainly be remembered as the director who brought Batman back on the big screen.
Everything started when Ben Affleck was pitched to direct and star in a solo Batman movie set in the DCEU. But after the series of unfortunate events, Affleck decided to hang up the cape, and director Reeves was hired by Warner Bros to reshape that movie into a new reboot and the first Batman solo movie since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Reeves co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig, putting a focus on younger Batman and his detective abilities, and Robert Pattinson was cast as the new Caped Crusader.
Judging by the first reviews, it looks like the fans of Batman can be thankful to Reeves because he brought another excellent story focused on the World’s Greatest Detective. The critics have praised the movie’s narrative, dark tone, performances, and story. Although, some criticized its length of 2 hours and 56 minutes, which makes it not only the longest Batman movie ever but also one of the longest superhero movies ever made.
When you are a successful director at DC or Marvel, people would usually wonder would you be just as successful if you’d be working in the other comic book house. The best example is James Gunn, whose whole career is now just switching between Marvel and DC. After he debuted in the superhero genre with Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, Gunn made the sequel to Marvel’s movie, but also The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker TV series for DC, now he’s working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. at Marvel, and after that, there’s Peacemaker Season 2 and one more project waiting for him at DC.
So, after getting into a superhero genre with a DC movie in such a successful way, there was a question if Reeves would be interested to make a Marvel movie. Long story short — he wouldn’t! And now he explained why:
“I have such respect for Kevin Feige and also for the [Marvel] filmmakers… but to be honest with you, I just don’t know how I would make my way through that. There has to be some level of discovery for me, where I have some freedom to find my way. If I have to come into something that’s already set too firmly, then I think I would get lost. And I don’t think they would be happy with me either.” — Matt Reeves for Variety
Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman will start its worldwide distribution tomorrow!