James Gunn previously stated that The Batman is his most anticipated DC feature and has now confirmed that his trust in the film’s quality stems from the man behind the camera. The Dark Knight’s latest outing will track a heretofore underrepresented stage in the development of a superhero. Whereas most films based on heroes of the DC and Marvel universes tell either the origin of the hero, the exciting adventure at the height of their career, or the process of passing the buck to a new generation, The Batman chronicles the awkward rise of Batman, fighting for what’s right in a city that is corrupt to its core. Robert Pattinson’s caped crusader will team up with Jeffrey Wright as a green Jim Gordon.
Gunn is best known for writing and directing the Guardians of the Galaxy films that are among the most beloved entries in the MCU catalog. Having established a knack for telling engaging stories with an ensemble superhero cast, Gunn was tapped by DC to direct The Suicide Squad, the upcoming soft reboot of the 2016 bomb. Gunn frequently interacts with fans on his various social media accounts, sharing updates about his work, answering questions about previous films, and allaying concerns that he’s dead.
In a recent Twitter thread answering fan questions, Gunn stated that he is excited for The Batman because of his great respect for Matt Reeves, who is producing and directing the film. Referring to a previous statement he had made via Instagram calling The Batman his “most anticipated upcoming DC movie,” a fan asked Gunn what his specific reasoning was. Gunn called Reeves “one of a handful of directors whose artistry can be seen in every film he’s directed,” and cited his personal voice as a deciding factor. Read the Tweet for yourself below:
Yes. @mattreevesLA is one of a handful of directors whose artistry can be seen in every film he’s directed, no matter how big. His personal voice, & his humanity, have never been drowned out by commercial or corporate pressures. https://t.co/DLAAaEMGeA
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 13, 2021
Gunn offers high praise of Reeves, who has been active since the mid-90s when he made his award-winning student film at USC, Mr. Petrified Forest. After a long while directing for television, Reeves had his first major film break directing Cloverfield from a script he had written, and went on to direct two Planet of the Apes films. Ben Affleck was previously set to star in The Batman as well as writing, producing, and directing the film himself. After Affleck departed from the project, Pattinson filled his shoes in front of the camera and Reeves took over behind-the-scenes, likely because his horror and thriller experience will complement the grittier world of the film.
It bodes well for The Batman that the folks at Warner Bros. aren’t the only ones with confidence in Reeves. While Gunn is busy shooting The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 back to back, Reeves is currently on-set finishing up The Batman. After such a rocky production halted at one point by Pattinson contracting COVID-19, the film’s completion will be a good omen for the rest of the industry. Given the troubles, the fact that Reeves as director and producer will (hopefully) carry the film across the finish line is commendable in and of itself.
Source: James Gunn