Although The Batman has halted filming over the novel coronavirus pandemic, director Matt Reeves isn’t tempted to use the hiatus to retool his script. While speaking with Deadline, Reeves noted that he was satisfied with the script as it is.
“It took me two years to work on that story, and it’s a very specific mystery noir that’s been really thought-out by me and my partners,” said Reeves.
However, Reeves didn’t rule out making some changes in response to the footage that has already been completed.
It happens any time you shoot anything,” related Reeves. “The unexpected — happy accidents and things you didn’t quite expect: That is the lightning in a bottle for something that is alive. I would say that the changes really have to do with ‘Oh, seeing the tone of this’ with these scenes we haven’t done which connect to that part of the storyline. It feels like there might be an opportunity to explore some of that unexpected tone that we found. With these movies, you never have enough prep time, because they’re so complex and so enormous in so many ways. It also gives me a moment to think about the larger sequences that have yet to come up and how I want to realize those.”
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Additionally, Reeves indicated that “we’re not officially editing right now. We’ve actually shot a quarter of the movie and I have been pouring through dailies, looking at takes, and what’s to come.”
He also said that the plan is to resume filming in London once the current crisis has passed.
“I can’t imagine we wouldn’t finish in London,” said Reeves. “The situation is fluid.”
Barring any further announcements, The Batman will hit theaters on June 25, 2021.
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