I feel like I’ve been covering THE BATMAN for a decade…because I kinda have.
I’m sure y’all are aware that there have been two incarnations of THE BATMAN: The Ben Affleck version in which he was going to write/direct/star, and then the one we’re actually getting under the helm of writer/director Matt Reeves.
Yes, the film that Affleck was going to make and the one that Reeves will now give us are not the same — different scripts, casts, and take on Batman. However, the genesis of the first solo Batman movie since 2012 began when Affleck was cast as Batman for BATMAN v SUPERMAN. Since that took place in August of 2013 and it’s now 2022, yeah, it pretty much took us a decade to get to THE BATMAN.
We’ve now weathered the longest drought between solo Batman films — THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in 2012 to 2022’s THE BATMAN — since BATMAN in 1989. After all the ups and downs — the project’s original writer/director/star walking away and the issues Reeves’ production had to deal with due to the COVID-19 pandemic — THE BATMAN is finally upon us.
Behind the scenes, folks (FOBOF’s) I know who have seen it are absolutely raving about the film. I highly suspect that THE BATMAN will be “My Batman” more than any of the previous cinematic incarnations of the character — THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY (which I love and always will) included. Only two times prior have I been as excited for a Batman movie — 1989 with BATMAN and 2005 with BATMAN BEGINS — so yeah, my expectations admittedly are sky-high for THE BATMAN.
All that’s left for me is to see THE BATMAN…and that time is now.
See y’all on the other side. – Bill “Jett” Ramey
(Jett’s review of THE BATMAN will be posted on BOF at 9 AM PT/11 AM CT/12 PM ET on Monday, February 28, 2022.)