The Batman Director Reveals Why He’ll Never Make a Marvel Movie

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The day many DC fans have been waiting for is almost here: the release of The Batman. The upcoming film will see Robert Pattinson take on the legacy of The Dark Knight as he takes on Paul Dano’s The Riddler, whose crusade against Gotham City’s corruption is terrorizing the city. Directing is Matt Reeves, who has been attached since 2017 before the studio even decided who its Caped Crusader was going to be.

Most may be familiar with Reeves’ work on the most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy starring Andy Serkis, and the filmmaker also directed the 2008 found horror film Cloverfield. When he was brought on board the project, many fans were immediately sure that he would be the perfect fit.

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Based on early reactions and reviews, it seems the hunch wasn’t misplaced. Seen the success The Batman is meant to be, can fans of the genre expect to see him star in an MCU movie? Unfortunately, the odds don’t seem so great.

The Batman Director Won’t Visit the MCU

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In an interview with Variety, The Batman Director Matt Reeves has revealed he doesn’t believe he’ll ever work on an MCU project, but not out of a dislike of Marvel Studios projects.

Reeves revealed that although he has “such respect for [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige and also for the [Marvel] filmmakers”, the lack of complete creative freedom in the MCU would hamper his directing abilities:

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“I have such respect for Kevin Feige and also for the [Marvel] filmmakers…but to be honest with you, I don’t know how I’d manage. There has to be some level of discovery for me, where I have some freedom to find my way. If I have to step into something that’s already fixed too firmly, then I think I’ll get lost. And I don’t think they would be happy with me either.

The director went on to say that in today’s era, “if you’re going to make a movie [for theaters]”, it won’t be something that “is not it [a] Recognizable IP:”

“The industry has changed so much that if you’re going to make a movie that’s going to be in theaters, you’re not doing anything that isn’t recognizable IP…that’s just where the audience went. I don’t say I’m happy with it, I’m just saying it is what it is.

Robert Pattinson, the man under the hood of the upcoming movie, chimed in saying Reeves is “very methodical” but this “once you realize its rhythm,” everything clicks:

“He’s very methodical…does a lot of takes. As the first, you obviously think you’re doing something wrong. But once you realize his rhythm, he edits the whole movie, every take. It doesn’t really make a huge blanket. Very specific angles, but lots of takes.

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Ironically, Matt Reeves claimed that movies these days are just recognizable IP addresses. Of course, there are a lot of Spider Man and Batman movies, but audiences never knew who guardians of the galaxy were.

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In 2021, two of Marvel Studios’ flagship films were Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Eternals, both of which were completely unknown IPs to the general public and even many hardcore fans. Even his next Disney+ project, Moon Knight, falls into this category. DC’s recent hit TV show Peacemaker is entirely based on a character arguably more obscure than any of Marvel’s slates.

So while his perception of what’s going on these days might be a little off, it’s obviously not bad of Reeves not to want to dip his feet in that pool. It’s also completely understandable that he’s reluctant to be part of the system that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Although considering all the problems the DCEU has faced, Justice League in particular, it’s odd that Reeves decided to trust Warner Bros. among everyone to help him translate his creative freedom into a new Batman tale for the ages.

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The Batman hits theaters on March 4, 2022.

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