For the past year, most of what we’ve heard about Matt Reeves’ The Batman has taken the form of rumor and unverified reports, but in a recent interview with THR, the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes helmsman finally opened up about the Caped Crusader’s next solo outing.
For one thing, the director has revealed a tentative period in which the movie is thought to be dropping, and as it turns out, previous predictions of a spring or summer 2021 release date had it more or less right.
“We haven’t been dated,” Reeves said. “I wouldn’t commit to this, but we’re thinking the movie would probably be for 2021, late spring or summer. Warner Bros. has been incredibly supportive and given me a lot of time and shared the same passion that I do for this story.”
As for who might be in the upcoming film, while Reeves isn’t ready to share any casting details just yet, he did tease the inclusion of multiple famous villains, before adding that the casting process will begin soon.
“There will be a Rogues Gallery,” Reeves explained. “The casting process will begin shortly. We’re starting to put together our battle plan. I’m doing another pass on the script and we’ll begin some long-lead stuff to start developing conceptual things.”
Though we’ve yet to receive any confirmation on which classic villains will feature in this Rogues Gallery, it’s widely believed that the Penguin is making his DCEU debut in Reeves’ film, with recent rumors alleging that Warner Bros. is eyeing a Jack Black or Jason Segel type for the part.
On the hero end of the equation, neither Reeves nor anyone else at Warner has offered any official confirmation on whether Ben Affleck is or isn’t returning for the part, though there’ve been an overwhelming number of reports suggesting that we’ll see a new and younger Bruce Wayne in the lead. Regardless, going by Reeves’ latest comments, we can likely expect some clarification on who will or won’t be in The Batman within the next few months.