The DC FanDome The Batman panel may be the highlight of all the panels offered due to the hype around the film and the fact we haven’t seen much from the film. Kicking things off, Robert Pattinson giving us a word on the production and how it was hit by COVID-19. The panel swung to Matt Reeves who spoke about his love of Batman and how he never thought he’d be making genre films.
Reeves said the character has always been his favorite for a few different reasons. “He’s so far from being perfect,” Reeves said, “I felt like that was a way to do something that hasn’t been done.” In part it’s about “learning how to be Batman,” Reeves said, and figuring out what he can do to change Gotham. Reeves revealed the film is about Batman discovering corruption in Gotham that goes further than he ever imagined and to go further, that the corruption actually ties to him in a personal way.
Reeves said Paul Dano plays a version of the Riddler we’ve never seen before. “What he’s doing is going to blow people’s minds.” Zoey Kravitz is playing a version of Selina Kyle that’s also very different, but still touches on things that are iconic for the character. He said he’s finding a way to make The Batman his own but still connect to things that fans will relate to and connect with. Reeves said the many different characters connect via a “series of crimes” Batman attempts to solve.
Host Aisha Tyler discusses how the film is connecting to the Gotham P.D. TV show. Announced on July 10, Reeves said the idea of the show is to show the first year of Batman through the point of view of corrupt cops in the Gotham Police Department.
When the panel was opened to fan questions, Reeves revealed The Batman is set in year 2 of Batman’s tenure as a superhero. When it comes to Gotham he said they’re trying to make Gotham completely different from what we’ve seen before. They spent the time to ensure the film was shot in cityscapes we haven’t seen from previous films like Chicago and New York.
Reeves was asked what the public perception of Batman is and he said the public is afraid of him. Reeves also revealed vehicles and set design was coming in while he was writing the script. He also said Batman is early in his career as Batman making mistakes, but in a way that feels human and flawed. He also revealed only about 25% of the film is shot.
Check out our other DC FanDome coverage like the Wonder Woman 1984 panel, the panel on new videogame Gotham Knights, The Suicide Squad panel about the movie (and Suicide Squad Kill the Justice League video game) and the Sandman universe panel.