The Batman director Matt Reeves has explained why he feels he would get “lost” directing a Marvel movie.
“I have such respect for Kevin Feige and also for the [Marvel] filmmakers,” Reeves told Variety (opens in new tab). “But to be honest with you, I just don’t know how I would make my way through that.”
Reeves explained that his way of working – which involves a certain amount of “freedom” on his part – might not mesh with the MCU machine.
“There has to be some level of discovery for me, where I have some freedom to find my way,” Reeves said. “If I have to come into something that’s already set too firmly, then I think I would get lost. And I don’t think they would be happy with me either.”
Reeves has clearly felt comfortable calling the shots over at Warner Bros. He took what was once The Batman’s original vision – starring Ben Affleck and being heavily connected to the DCEU – and transformed it into something altogether more intimate.
“I said look, I think maybe I’m not the person for this. And I explained to them why I love this character,” Reeves explained in a recent interview with Esquire (opens in new tab). “I told them that there have been so many great movies, but if I were to do this, I’d have to make it personal, so that I understood what I was going to do with it, so that I know where to put the camera, so that I know what to tell the actors, so that I know what the story should be.”
Even if Marvel ever did come calling, Reeves has more than enough on his Bat-plate for the time being. He’s helping shepherd two Batverse spin-offs to HBO Max as producer – one on Colin Farrell’s Penguin, one centred around Gotham’s police force – while he’s also involved in a spiritual successor to Batman: The Animated Series.
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