Matt Reeves Denies Reports That THE BATMAN Will Adapt YEAR ONE; Describes The Story As "Noir-Driven"

Matt Reeves Denies Reports That THE BATMAN Will Adapt YEAR ONE; Describes The Story As "Noir-Driven"

Matt Reeves Denies Reports That THE BATMAN Will Adapt YEAR ONE; Describes The Story As "Noir-Driven"

Rumors recently surfaced that Matt Reeves' The Batman would adapt Frank Miller's Year One comic, but now the director has commented on these reports while providing an update on the script for the DC film.

Director Matt Reeves has been developing his Batman movie for quite a while, and details on the project remain under wraps. So, it's not surprising that rumors about the film continue to circulate. 

Just recently, a report claiming The Batman will adapt the acclaimed Year One storyline did the rounds, but while promoting his new movie The Passage at a TCA panel this morning (via Slash FIlm), Reeves provided an update on the DC film and debunked this report.


“We’re not doing any particular [comic]. Year One is one of the many comic books that I love. We are definitely not doing Year One. It’s just exciting to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and very personal to him. Obviously we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that. We’re doing a story that is definitively Batman though and trying to tell a story that’s emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman.”

While the War of the Planet of the Apes director makes it clear no single story from the source material is the basis for his feature, he did shed some light on the status of the script.

"We are working on getting our draft [in] the next couple weeks,” Reeves explained before saying that he hopes to begin shooting  "in the spring or early summer" of next year.

Finally, Reeves explained what kind of story fans can expect to see in The Batman, and it certainly sounds like he wants to deliver something that's distinct from past incarnations but still loyal to the core of the comics.


“I’ve talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham. I went on a deep dive again revisiting all my favorite comics. Those all inform by osmosis. There’s no continuation of the Nolan films. It’s very much trying to find a way to do this as something that for me is going to be definitively Batman and new and cool.”

It would appear that, even with the constant barrage of rumors, Reeves is working hard to make sure The Batman is an astounding film that audiences will enjoy.
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