The Batman hasn't even started filming yet, but director Matt Reeves is already thinking about a trilogy.
Hired in February after Ben Affleck decided he'd only star in, but not direct the latest reboot of the caped crusader's story, Reeves is currently doing the press rounds for his latest movie, War for the Planet of the Apes. Reporters haven't been able to resist asking him about his upcoming foray into Gotham though.
One interesting question posed in a recent interview with Fandango was whether he sees The Batman as the start of a trilogy. Here's what he had to say.
"I have ideas about an arc, but really, the important thing is just to start... you have to start with one," he said. "You know, you have to start with a story that begins something. And I would be lying if I could tell you that the arcs of Apes was already planned out, because it simply wasn't; it's one of those things where that character was so potent, and the possibility was embedded from the beginning, but exactly how you've got from A to Z is not something that existed."
“And when [screenwriter] Mark [Bomback] and I began [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes], we knew what our goals were, but we didn’t know how we were gonna get there, and I would say that that more relates to the way that I see a Batman story, is a kind of ambition for a series of stories, but really the most important thing is gonna be to tell a vital first story.”
We'll take that as a "Yes."
Reeves didn't reveal any of his thoughts on where a potential trilogy would go, but he seems open to the possibility of letting the ideas spring forth from the films that precede them, rather than mapping everything out ahead of time.
Screenrant has some more geeked-out opinions on the matter here:
At the same time, Reeves hasn’t been afraid of teasing the overall tone or his ambitions for the film, saying previously that The Batman will be more like a detective noir than previous live-action outings have been, with inspiration being taken from the work of Alfred Hitchcock.
That sounds tonally and conceptually different on almost every level than what Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy was, and in order for The Batman to truly succeed, it’ll have to not only work off of the example of what The Dark Knight did right with the character, but also find its own unique approach to bringing The Batman to life. with this particular DCEU title.
Thankfully, it appears as though Reeves is well aware of what he needs to accomplish
Looks like Batman fans will have to stay tuned to see how the franchise develops.