Matt Reeves was announced as the new writer and director of The Batman after Ben Affleck stepped down from these roles. But it already seems like this happened ages ago, given the fact that the project seems to be moving nowhere fast.
The most recent reports said that Matt Reeves has penned a story featuring a much younger Crusader. And this, basically, means that Ben Affleck won't star in his movie. These reports have ignited other rumours, the most recent ones being that The Batman won't be set in the Worlds of DC continuity set until now and that it will adapt the Year One comic book issues.
While promoting his new series The Passage, Matt Reeves addressed these rumours. And he said that The Batman won't be an origin story and that it will definitely not adapt Year One.
"We're not doing any particular [comic]. Year One is one of the many comic books that I love. We are definitely not doing Year One. It's just exciting to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and very personal to him. Obviously we're not doing an origin tale or anything like that. We're doing a story that is definitively Batman though and trying to tell a story that's emotional and yet is really about him being the world's greatest detective and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman." (via Slash Film)
The director also said that he is still working on the script. He aims to start production of the film next spring or early next summer.
As far as Affleck is concerned, Reeves didn't say anything. However, even if it won't be an origin story, The Batman could still make use of the actor. In this way, some rumours say that the movie will refer to a period in Affleck's Batman's past.
Matt Reeves said that connections will be made, as far as the shared universe is concerned,
"We're one piece of many pieces so I don't want to comment on that except to say that I'm focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world."
Speaking about the tone of the movie, the director said that it will be a noir-driven story, with Batman investigating a case and revealing the world of Gotham.
"I've talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham. I went on a deep dive again revisiting all my favorite comics. Those all inform by osmosis. There's no continuation of the Nolan films. It's very much trying to find a way to do this as something that for me is going to be definitively Batman and new and cool."
Hopefully, the shooting of the film will begin next spring, for a 2020 release date.