Aquaman is about to come out, Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed, Birds of Prey has a release date, a new title and a cast; the DCEU is moving along. And yet we are all still waiting to see what is going on with Matt Reeves’ Batman movie. The questions about the film are many and news about the project is scarce, but it appears that DC’s Batman movie is finally coming together, at least according to one reporter.
We should note upfront that this is not confirmed by the studio, but if it is true it’s a sign that things are progressing with DC’s long-awaited Batman movie. The director of the film, Matt Reeves, is also writing the script. Based on the tweet from The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez, the rewrites on that script are due by year’s end, which is mere weeks away.
Assuming Matt Reeves meets that deadline, we’ll be one step closer to this film becoming a reality. At that point things will hopefully start coming together and moving toward pre-production so that we can finally see Batman back on the big screen.
Back in September, the same reporter said that Warner Bros. loved Matt Reeves’ first draft of his Batman script and that the film was being eyed to start production next summer. With the revisions on that script due by the end of the year, things would seemingly be on track for The Batman or whatever it winds up being called to go before cameras sometime next year.
If Warner Bros. is satisfied with Matt Reeves’ revisions and good to go on the script, hopefully that would mean the first half of next year would also bring casting news and some details about the film itself.
Of course more than what this Batman movie will be, the question on everyone’s mind is who will don the cowl in Matt Reeves’ film and beyond in the DCEU? All signs point to Ben Affleck being out of the DCEU (along with Henry Cavill), so Matt Reeves’ movie will presumably give the character an entirely fresh start with a new actor as Bruce Wayne.
It’s perhaps cynical to say, but the best thing about this news is that it isn’t bad news. The DCEU seems to be in a state of constant flux, unable to find its footing on solid ground. While actors are leaving the franchise and movies are getting delayed, Matt Reeves has been quietly plugging away at his Batman script. Things seem to be beginning to turn around with Aquaman and Shazam! and if anything has the power to make everything right, it’s a great Batman movie.