Matt Reeves explained his vision of approaching The Batman as a stand-alone film. Matt Reeves’ new portrayal of the film was a box office success and was praised by critics, proving that it was worth the wait after several delays following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fans welcomed the new performances of characters such as Robert Pattinson – Batman, Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Penguin (Colin Farrell) and Riddler (Paul Dano) as being closer to their film versions, compared to previous adaptations.
At this level of success, there have already been a lot of fans speculating about the sequels to The Batman. A spin-off series focusing on The Penguin has already received approval for HBO Max, with Farrell resuming his role as Oswald Cobblepot, as well as an Arkham series also in active development. Although nothing official has been announced, it seems somewhat inevitable that a full-fledged sequel to The Batman is also on the horizon, with Reeves apparently having a lot of ideas for The Batman 2.
The Batman, Matt Reeves’ vision
In an interview with the LA Times, Reeves explained how he treated The Batman as a stand-alone feature. After reflecting on how much creative control was given to Reeves in this new release, the director was asked what other ideas he had in expanding the world he presented on screen. Reeves responded by saying that he did not approach the film on the assumption that more would follow, and focused on telling a story that would ensure that the new Dark Knight was a worthy addition in itself.
“My feeling when I make the film has always been that I would never treat it as the first chapter, because the first chapter assumes that there are several chapters. What I wanted to do was make this movie a satisfying experience so that people could experience a new version – a fresh version – of a character they loved. You know, that character that the world has loved for over 80 years and I think if we succeed on this front, I know I have a lot of stories that I want to tell and then we’ll do chapter two, but not because I don’t made it a complete experience. “