LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 26: Director Matt Reeves attends Warner Bros. Pictures "The Big Picture" presentation at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon 2022, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 26, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage)
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Don't Expect The Villains To Take Center Stage In The Batman 2
Although the leadership changes at DC Studios have led to the cancellation of several upcoming titles, Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” universe appears to be safe from the chopping block, with the follow-up’s production underway. Rather than making the sequel bigger and flashier, the filmmaker intends to continue focusing on Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne as a character.
Reeves explained, “My goal has always been to do these point-of-view stories that allow the character to always be the emotional center of the story. Because a lot of times what happens is after you do the first one, then suddenly other Rogues Gallery characters come in, and they kind of take over, and then Batman takes a backseat sort of character-wise, or emotionally.”
While the Riddler, Penguin, and Joker were in “The Batman,” the villains were secondary to the explorations of Batman as a cultural figure versus the psychological torment that comes with choosing a life of vengeance. The film is a superhero movie, but it was, more importantly, a character study with as much to say about Batman’s darkness as the villains he fights.