Matt Reeves says 'The Batman' will have a ‘humanist bent’

Gregory Wakeman
Matt Reeves says his take on The Batman won't be an origin story (Image by Warner Bros)

The Batman director Matt Reeves has opened up about his upcoming take on the beloved superhero, insisting that he approached the blockbuster like any of his previous projects. 

In fact, when Reeves went to Warner Bros to pitch his vision for The Batman, he made sure to insist that it would have a “humanist bent,” something he has made sure to keep throughout pre-production and the first weeks of filming. 

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“I’m going to pitch the version of Batman that I would do, which is going to have a humanist bent,” Reeves told Nerdist. “And who knows if they’ll have any interest? If they don’t, then I won’t do it. And that’ll be okay. I was really lucky that they said yes.”

Reeves also went on to explain exactly what drew him to The Batman, and what he’s most excited to explore with Bruce Wayne. 

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: Matt Reeves attends the "War For The Planet Of The Apes" New York Premiere at SVA Theatre on July 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

“I wanted to do not an origin tale, but a tale that would still acknowledge his origins, in that it formed who he is. Like this guy, he’s majorly struggling, and this is how he’s trying to rise above that struggle. But that doesn’t mean that he even fully understands, you know.”

“It’s that whole idea of the shadow self and what’s driving you, and how much of that you can incorporate, and how much of it you’re doing that you’re unaware of.”

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“There’s something in there that feels very psychological, very emotional, and it felt like there was a way of exploring that along with the corruption in this place, Gotham. That feels very current.” 

“I think it always does. There’s almost no time when you can’t do a story about corruption. But today, it still seems incredibly resonant and maybe, from my perspective, maybe more so than maybe at other time.”

The Batman is no longer shooting, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Warner Bros are still hopeful that the film will be ready for release on June 25, 2021.