By Contributing Writer- Jeremy Wilkerson.
The DC Extended Universe has been a successful, sometimes divisive franchise. From it’s conception with Man of Steel, through more divisive entries like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, wildly successful entries like Wonder Woman and now on the cusp of Justice League, the DCEU has seen every end of the spectrum. The future of the DCEU looks to be positive but with an unclear schedule. There are many DC films currently announced and not many are in active production, but there is one film that I feel could be the best entry into this universe, and that’s Matt Reeves’ Batman.
The Batman was originally announced with Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight and Geoff Johns as the producer and co-writer. In 2016, Affleck was attached to the direct, write and star until January 2017, when Affleck had stepped down from the director’s chair. Discord in the fanbase and among the blogosphere would be an understatement. There were countless articles about ‘The Batman’ being in trouble which naturally angered fans and ignited a multitude of arguments across the web. In February, Matt Reeves, director of ‘Cloverfield’ and two ‘Planet of the Apes’ films, was tapped to direct the film.
As a fan of the previously mentioned movies and Affleck’s portrayal as the Caped Crusader, ‘The Batman’ has me hooked. I am personally more excited for this film than any other on the DC horizon. Looking back at previous work of Reeves, his style of directing definitely fits the bill of Gotham City. Something important about his ‘Apes’ movies was his ability handle his main characters well in spectacular ways. I feel Reeves is the perfect director to take the character of Bruce Wayne in a complex and fascinating direction. While many directors can and have made the character of Batman great, Reeves can do that for Wayne.
Something we don’t see enough of in film is Batman’s detective side, a side that made him who he is today. After all, the original Batman title was ‘Detective Comics’, it’s a crucial part of his character. We’ve seen more of Batman’s crime fighting side in recent films, but I believe it’s time for a more subtle change and Reeves can deliver that.
Gotham already has a big presence in the DCEU, with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad fleshing out the city and many of it’s characters. The potential is limitless for The Batman. Last year we learned Joe Manganiello would be playing Deathstroke, a great casting. While the script has changed a lot since then with Reeves departing from Affleck’s original vision, we don’t know who Reeves will go with. I would personally love to see Jared Leto and Margot Robbie reprise their roles as the Joker and Harley Quinn in this film. A fan-favorite I’d love to see is The Riddler, who I feel deserves another shot on the big screen. There are endless possibilities for the villains.
Everything we’ve heard about The Batman feels right. The tone, the director, and potential for a complex, powerful Batman story rooted in his detective DNA would be amazing. I truly believe that The Batman has the potential to be the best film in the DC Extended Universe.