THR is reporting that the next Batman has a title (The Batman) and a release date (June 25, 2021) but the one thing it doesn’t currently have is a Batman. Matt Reeves is set to direct a Noir-style film that is going to focus on Batman’s early years and his introduction to his infamous Rogue’s gallery. Casting is currently underway, but there is no news on who might be filling the roles of Bruce Wayne or any of the villains.
Reeves has already been teasing a very different take on the iconic DC Comics character, hinting that The Batman would focus more on the hero’s World’s Greatest Detective moniker than previous films. Talking to THR, the writer/director noted that this Bruce Wayne will be solving problems with sleuthing more than elbowing people in the throat.
“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”