New Batman film will not be an origin story, says director

And the script will be finished in weeks

Director Matt Reeves has confirmed that, despite rumours, his long-awaited film ‘The Batman’ will not be an origin story.

Fans had thought that the film would closely follow Frank Miller’s epic graphic novel “The Batman: Year One.”

In May, a new TV series ‘Pennyworth’ was announced that will focus on the origins of Batman.

Reeves said: “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.”

Fans of the DC universe will rejoice at the news he is hard at work on the script meaning pre-production on the new solo Batman film could begin very soon with a possible “spring or early summer” 2019 start date for filming.

He also explained that the story will focus on Batman’s investigative prowess and “take us out of Gotham”.

The director also hinted at the tone of the film, saying it would be “noir-driven”, therefore laying to rest rumours that it could embrace more comedy elements following the popularity of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. No surprise really, given his previous work with ‘Cloverfield’, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Let Me In’.

Reeves skirted the contentious involvement of Ben Affleck, who stepped aside as director last year to ostensibly focus on his starring role. However, there is speculation whether he will be reprising the role.

So the biggest question remains – just who will play the next Caped Crusader?