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The Batman: Matt Reeves Reveals Why He Will Never Direct An MCU Movie

With The Batman starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz making headlines as one of the best iterations of the Caped Crusader since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, fans have been ecstatic with director Matt Reeves’ approach to the character. Best known for his critically acclaimed Planet of the Apes saga, Matt Reeves took over as director when Ben Affleck stepped down from the helm of his unfinished, James Bond-esque Batman movie. With many critics and reviewers applauding Reeves’ The Batman as the darkest iteration of the Dark Knight which is true to the source material, the movie is expected to be a critical and commercial success when it releases across the globe in a few hours. However, the director’s success with the character has led to a major revelation that might not sit well with fans of the MCU.

The Batman Director Matt Reeves Will Never Direct An MCU Movie

The Batman Director Reveals His Thoughts About The MCU

The Batman Matt Reeves Refuses To Direct MCU Movie

In the latest interview with Variety, director Matt Reeves was all praise for Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Fiege for his vision to create a gigantic, interlinked Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, that was also the reason why the ace director isn’t willing to be a part of the MCU. The franchise’s overarching plotlines and the need to interlink everything seem to be a hindrance for the director. As a result, Reeves has revealed that he might not be able to creatively put forth his own ideas for the sake of a larger universe.

“I have such respect for Kevin Feige and also for the [Marvel] filmmakers. But to be honest with you, I just don’t know how I would make my way through that. There has to be some level of discovery for me, where I have some freedom to find my way. If I have to come into something that’s already set too firmly, then I think I would get lost. And I don’t think they would be happy with me either.”

Matt Reeves’ Statement Is Not Surprising Considering That His Movie Is Detached From The DC Extended Universe

Matt Reeves Not Willing To Direct MCU Movies

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While it might sound surprising to fans of the MCU as Matt Reeves has proved his mettle with The Batman, the statement makes a lot of sense. Prior to taking up The Batman, the director has been quite outspoken with his vision to keep the character separate from the larger DCEU. Considering the director’s massive success with The Planet of the Apes franchise when he took over Rupert Wyatt after the first movie, Reeves introduced a gritter and realistic theme which was partly responsible for the franchise’s overwhelming success. While the director is excited to expand his own Bat-Verse, the idea of integrating his characters into a world of aliens and ancient warriors does not seem very appealing.

Written by Akash Senapati

Akash is an India-based writer who has previously worked with Quirkybyte and Xtrascoop. He loves DC Comics, Anime, Pink Floyd, and sleeping in no particular order. His favourite graphic-medium writers are Grant Morrison, Chris Claremont, Christopher Priest, Garth Ennis, and Eiichiro Oda. Prep time > Aliens.