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Matt Reeves: New BATMAN Trilogy A Possibility

Matt Reeves: New BATMAN Trilogy A Possibility

Matt Reeves, the director of the upcoming War of the Planet of the Apes, is perhaps not done taking taking on big franchises to completion. His next project, The Batman starring Ben Affleck, could turn into the first of three movies as well. According to an interview with, Reeves has many ideas for the projects, but nothing is solidified, The Batman itself is not being made as the first of three, and much will depend on audience reception of that film.

Reeves told Fandango;

“I have ideas about an arc, but really, the important thing is just to start… you have to start with one.  You know, you have to start with a story that begins something. And I would be lying if I could tell you that the arcs of Apes was already planned out, because it simply wasn’t; it’s one of those things where that character was so potent, and the possibility was embedded from the beginning, but exactly how you’ve got from A to Z is not something that existed.”

Studios of course rarely concede that they are planning a three-part story from the beginning. The PR risks–not to mention financial commitments–are too great. But directors and stars are often a different story. They like to plant a flag. Still, Reeves isn’t exactly committing to having more than one new Batman film, let alone to being involved in them, or even having a specific plot outline in mind.

Reeves also said in the interview;

“In fact, when I came in on Dawn, the story that I wanted to tell was different from the story that they had even presented me. And so, there are these broad ideas, I think, that sort of came to mind as Rise was created, of how that story could be told, but they weren’t explicitly laid-out. And when Mark and I began Dawn, we knew what our goals were, but we didn’t know how we were gonna get there, and I would say that that more relates to the way that I see a Batman story, is a kind of ambition for a series of stories, but really the most important thing is gonna be to tell a vital first story.”

And while The War for the Planet of the Apes has already received critical acclaim, that has not always been the reception that DCEU Films have gotten.

So, as they say, stay tuned.

About The Author

J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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