Recent reports have suggested that production on the upcoming DC film The Batman is ramping up, with filming expected to begin in earnest this November. Ben Affleck has confirmed he won't be returning, and rumors have circulated over what kind of villain Batman will go up against.
So much of the film is shrouded in mystery, to the point where it only just got a confirmed release date and the revelation that we don't even know the final name of the movie. Writer/director Matt Reeves confirmed as much while speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, "Right now it’s called The Batman. What it will be called ultimately, I don’t know." If the film is, in fact, receiving a new title, we have a couple ideas that would be better than just The Batman.
Reeves has been very open about his desire to make a more cerebral version of the Dark Knight than the action superhero version of the character that appeared in films like the Dark Knight trilogy and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. “It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale," Reeves told THR earlier this month. "It's more Batman in his detective mode than we've seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He's supposed to be the world's greatest detective, and that's not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been."
The title could easily reflect that up front by titling the movie Batman: Detective, setting the tone clearly and quickly. The title would help the film stand out instantly from other takes on the character. It's going to be exciting to see a version of Batman who is smart instead of just being defined by his gadgets and ability to punch really hard, and the title could reflect that.
In that same interview with THR, Reeves was asked if he had much involvement in other films in the DC Extended Universe. Reeves explained that “[Warner Bros.] believes they don't have to try to develop a giant slate that has to have all the plans for how it's going to connect. What they need to try and do is make good movies with these characters.”
With Ben Affleck leaving the film, Reeves has reportedly been considering a younger actor to portray the Dark Knight. By choosing a new actor for the role and making it more of a standalone film mostly removed from the greater DCEU, the film would need an easy identifier to help differentiate it from other Batman movies. Calling it Batman: Noir could reflect the supposed tone while also helping the film stand out as a different kind of movie than previous portrayals of the character.