CinemaCon is the place to be for the latest developments and announcements on some of the biggest titles to make the news rounds. As of a short while ago, that finally includes confirmation of a sequel to Matt Reeves’ hit adaptation of The Batman, with Reeves returning to direct leading man Robert Pattinson back in the cape and cowl.
Set to resume production in the U.K. next month following a six-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Matt Reeves’s efforts to reawaken the fandom in The Batman look nothing short of pleasing in the first teaser.
HBO Max is readying yet another addition to the collection of spin-off shows in the Batman franchise. It doesn’t have a title yet, but Friday’s announcement from the streamer describes it as “an original DC drama set in the Gotham City police department”, set in the same universe as the upcoming film, The Batman, from director Matt Reeves.
Production on The Batman has so far seen director Matt Reeves flick little crumbs of goodies from the set of his new DC Comics-inspired flick. We have a camera test teasing the costume, as well as shots of actor Robert Pattinson on the snowy set with what looks to be the Batcycle, and now Reeves is touting his own presentation of the Batmobile, which looks like a steady and slick hybrid between the Lincoln-Futura and the other darker, grittier all-black models.
Matt Reeves took to social media to unveil a peek at the new logo for The Batman, now filming in London with actor Robert Pattinson staking his claim in DC Comics territory.
Well over a decade since the long-gestating adaptation of 2000 A.D. comic strip, Button Man, it looks as if the wheels are finally turning with an announcement from Netflix for a full-on film adaptation from writer/director, Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland (Legend).
Ben Affleck is still, albeit tentatively, set to star in War For The Planet Of The Apes helmer Matt Reeves’s currently developing trilogy starter, The Batman, as Warner Bros. continues plotting ahead with its expected production slate, including the forthcoming production of New Line Cinema’s Shazam. That being said, the future of Warner Bros. and its DC adaptations regarding all things Batman after this November’s release of Justice League is reportedly an unclear one.
As THR writes, Reeves and the studio both hope to keep the 45 year-old actor in the cape and cowl for as long as they can. However, it appears the studio is also working out its endgame for Affleck as production on The Batman approaches considering factors such as his age and physical upkeep. Warner Bros. is minding the issue from several angles like the importance for having younger stars much like the transition of Tom Holland this Summer in Spider-Man: Homecoming, for which its director is also in talks to return to helm.
The studio is now researching the source material to try and apply a respectable departure of Affleck from the role, sifting through several story arcs, one of which includes “Batman Beyond” for which its 1999 animated series centers on troubled teen Terry McGinnis and his transition to a futuristic iteration of the crimefighter with an aged Bruce Wayne guiding him. The report suggests fans won’t go for a Bruce Wayne-less Batman movie but I’m on social media a lot and anyone who has ever seen the Beyond costume in some conceptualized fashion has always ever expressed approval of seeing it in a film of some kind, so, I call BS.
With last year’s performance in the double-billed Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Affleck is the seventh actor to don the costume in some capacity since the 1966 debut of Adam West who passed away on June 9 this year at the age of 88. Reeves is currently working on a new script replacing Affleck’s own draft entirely.
The studio previously announced development of projects such as a Suicide Squad sequel in addition to Gotham City Sirens, Nightwing and Batgirl movies.
I have no question that in about ten years or sooner that Fox is just going to dip back more into the Apes saga to find something to play with. Maybe there is or maybe we’ll all be back to screaming for Hollywood to seugue into original material… Who knows? All I know is that Reeves appears to have done an ample job with this franchise, so one hopes this will break the chain of downward spiraling box office sequel returns currently suffered by Transformers: The Last Knight and Pirates Of The Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales… Ah well…come what may.
To celebrate the epic final showdown between apes and humans in the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, Twentieth Century Fox Film will give audiences a chance to experience a special Planet of the Apes triple feature on Wednesday, July 12th. For one price, Planet of the Apes fans will be able to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2D, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 3D, and be among the first to see the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes in 3D. An exclusive commemorative item with artwork by Shepard Fairey in collaboration with Studio Number One will be available to all guests who attend the Planet of the Apes triple feature in RealD 3D, while supplies last.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) February 24, 2017
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Director Matt Reeves is already poised to sit back in the director’s chair for a third follow-up to his work on the forthcoming July 11, 2014 release of, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Since then weve already seen our fair share of teasers, posters and stills to whet our visual appetites, and now we have a full trailer that reveals even more of just now promising a sequel we might have on our hands leading up to the threequel.