filmmakers Matt Reeves broke into the DC Extended Universe with the batman, and he now seems poised to lead a number of additional projects for DC Films focused on Caped Crusader adversaries.
According to an exclusive report from THR documenting the next phase of DC Films, Reeves is working with the studio to bring Batman’s villains to the big screen, with multiple films reportedly in the works. Meanwhile, he’s already co-producing a spinoff television series about The Penguin Colin Farell, THR reported that these projects will be feature-length adaptations exploring Batman’s Rogues Gallery. According to the report, these characters “will be both established and more obscure, with characters ranging from the Scarecrow to Clayface to Professor Pyg. All of these projects are in the very early stages of pregnancy.” No additional details about the films, such as possible castings or even how many there will be, were immediately available.
THR confirmed that Reeves worked with both writers and other directors to complete the projects. Notably, Reeves has a tendency to create films that are grounded and balanced, and adapting some of the villain galleries for cinemas allows him to tell intricate stories about characters that the average fan might not be as familiar with. However, this also gives him a chance to explore some of the characters previously seen on screen, much like he did with The Riddler (Paul Dano) and The Joker (Barry Keoghan) in The Batman. There may be some bias as to who some of these more famous villains might be, as Reeves previously said he would be interested in adapting Mr. Freeze in an upcoming project. “I think there’s actually an informed version of this story that could be really powerful and really awesome,” Reeves said of Mr. Freeze at the time. “I think what would be interesting for me would be to try to relax and see the fantastic, well how could this make sense?”
DC Films and parent company Warner Bros. Discovery were clearly eager to work with Reeves again following the success of the batman, which grossed a whopping $770 million upon its release last March. The filmmaker apparently confirmed his interest in returning to the director’s chair over the summer when he signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros., giving DC Films first choice for all of Reeves’ upcoming projects. In addition, Reeves should already be directing a sequel the batman, back to direct Robert Pattinson in a Batman suit.
No potential release dates have been announced for any of these upcoming films as Reeves, DC Films and Warner Bros. are still in the early stages of production. However, it seems that things are starting to improve in Gotham. Collider’s interview with Reeves about The Batman can be seen below:
https://collider.com/batman-rogues-gallery-matt-reeves-movie/ Batman’s Rogues Gallery Reportedly the Focus of Matt Reeves’ Next Movie