If there’s one thing that’s been hotly debated about the DCEU since it’s beginning, it’s the matter of studio interference. Warner Bros. has been accused of interfering with projects such as Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. The accusations have led some to suggest the alleged interferences are evidenced by the releases of alternative cuts of the aforementioned movies.
When Wonder Woman opened this summer, it appeared as though WB allowed director Patty Jenkins to do her thing. While Wonder Woman is a step in the right direction, it’s left many wondering whether this was the exception rather than the rule going forward.
One DCEU film that’s had a lot of drama surrounding it is the Untitled Batman movie. The solo originally had Ben Affleck attached to direct. However, the actor decided to step away from the director’s chair, due to having to balance multiple roles. As a result, Matt Reeves (Dawn of The Planet of The Apes) was signed on, after extensive negotiations.
The film has a lot of people wondering if that infamous studio intervention has been occurring again. In an interview with Uproxx, Reeves spoke about the movie and why he is directing it, addressing this very issue by stating:
Uproxx: So the answer is yes, you did want assurances [before signing on to The Batman]. Maybe assurances isn’t the right word…
Reeves: No, it is.
Uproxx: So you are telling them, “Here’s what I want to do with Batman”?
Reeves: Yeah. When I come in, what I say is, “Look. First of all, you’re asking me if I’m interested in this franchise. I am. I love this franchise. I’ve loved it since I was a kid. But here’s the way in which I’m interested in it. And if you’re not interested in it in that way, then that’s totally fine.” And the good news was, they said, “Yeah, we’re really interested in that way.” And I remember this on Dawn, too. There would be moments where I came in for a pitch that was a certain version of the movie, and somewhere along the way, because they didn’t know me or whatever it was, they’d say, “Why don’t we do this?” And I would just simply say, “But that’s not the movie that we talked about. That’s not the movie I want to do.” And I have to say that they always backed down when it came down to that. And it’s kind of the way that I’ve always done it. And here’s the thing: I’m always happy not to do something. I’m usually looking for the reason to say no.”
From what Reeves says, he seems very excited to add to the cinematic world of the Caped Crusader. The response to Wonder Woman and Reeves’ comments seem to indicate WB is changing their approach.
Matt Reeves’ Untitled Batman film is speculated for a 2019 release date.
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