Matt Reeves revealed the other day via his Twitter account that filming on The Batman has begun, and now I’m wondering whether it could be the best DC Comics movie ever made.
The DC Comics future slate of comic book movies looks very interesting indeed.
They already released Joker last year, which has done remarkably well at the box office.
Now, they’re about to release Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984.
It seems like an age ago when we had to sit through the likes of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad.
Those two movies were awful, especially Suicide Squad.
Justice League wasn’t much better, and I would argue is the second-worst movie in the DCEU after David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.
Anyway, I’m looking at DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures’ future slate of comic book movies and thinking, “this looks pretty good”.
It seems like Joker’s success has opened them up a bit to taking risks, which is something that Marvel Studios looks unwilling to do.
DC Entertainment’s slate of movies looks interesting
They’ve got Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman 1984, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and then there’s The Batman.
I think The Batman has all the potential to blow all other comic book movies out of the water.
First off, Warner Bros. Pictures have put all their faith in one of the most promising directors working in Hollywood today.
Matt Reeves is someone who’s got a proven track record in not only making entertaining blockbusters, but thought-provoking ones as well.
Before The Batman, Reeves gave us the two last Planet of the Apes movies.
The directed Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and wrote and directed War For The Planet Of The Apes.
Both of these movies are incredible, yet they didn’t have the best box office takings.
However, he also made the first Cloverfield movie, which has spawned a pretty successful franchise.
Matt Reeves is one of the best directors working in Hollywood
Read more: 11 Thoughts On Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman
He’s someone who knows how to write and direct a good film which really pushes the boundaries of blockbuster filmmaking.
It’s the fact that he’s written the script to The Batman and his abilities as a filmmaker which really has me excited to see this DC Comics movie.
One of his cast members, Colin Farrell, has already spoken of how beautiful Reeves’ script is, and this gives me so much confidence in the movie.
Let’s talk about the film’s cast. This is yet another reason why I’m of the belief that The Batman will be one of DC Comics’ best movies ever.
First off, Robert Pattinson as Batman. Now, that’s incredible casting.
The fact that Reeves was able to lure Pattinson back into blockbusters is proof alone that this movie will be something else.
Then there’s the likes of Colin Farrell, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard and Jeffrey Wright.
Have you ever seen such a talented and interesting cast for a comic book movie?
Every actor involved in this movie is more interested in the craft of filmmaking as opposed to getting a big paycheck.
The Batman could be the best comic book movie ever made
That said, a few of them have done movies for the money.
But, that aside, I really do believe that Pattinson agreeing to star in The Batman demonstrates how powerful this film’s script must be.
It’s a tough thing to say that The Batman will be one of the best DC Comics movies ever made.
Not only has the film not come out yet, but it’s also got to compete against Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
I still believe that The Dark Knight and Batman Begins are two of the best comic book movies ever made.
There have been some other good ones made since then.
The likes of Logan, Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse and Snowpeicer have all come out since then and are brilliant.
Yet, none of them have really hit that sweet spot The Dark Knight did.
The Dark Knight is just as much a brilliant movie as it is a brilliant comic book movie.
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies are pretty good too
There is a difference. It’s the one comic book movie ever made I could safely put in a list of the 100 best films of all time.
I have a feeling The Batman will join it in those ranks.
I think The Batman will not only be a great comic book movie, but also a great piece of cinema.
People have been talking about Joker in that context, but I couldn’t disagree more.
Joker is an enjoyable and interesting movie. Don’t get me wrong. However, that film is a pastiche of a whole bunch of Martin Scorsese’s films.
It’s a portrayal of white male rage, and that doesn’t sit too well with me.
However, The Batman has the potential to be more thought-provoking than that.
Reeves is a really clever and thoughtful writer. He’s someone who’s not afraid to tackle difficult themes in his work.
Robert Pattinson could be the best Batman ever
This is exactly the sort of approach a Batman film requires.
It needs to be so much more than just a comic book movie, and give something that an actor of Pattinson’s calibre can really sink his teeth into.
I’m pretty sure that many people will be reading this article and thinking, ‘What on Earth is this pretentious prick going on about’.
My answer to those people is, just wait until June 25th 2021, and then you’ll understand what I’ve been banging on about.
The Batman will be hitting UK cinemas on June 25th, 2021.
Are you looking forward to watching The Batman?
Let us know in the comments below.
And if you enjoy listening to film podcasts, why not check out Small Screen Radio wherever you get your podcasts!