The Batman director Matt Reeves is more at home in Gotham City than the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to a recent interview where he praised Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, but said that an interconnected world of films simply wasn't his style.
"I have such respect for Kevin Feige and also for the [Marvel] filmmakers," Reeves told Variety. "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."
Reeves has been outspoken about his desire to keep The Batman separate from Warner Bros.' own DC Extended Universe. Originally, the film was a project intended to be written and directed by Ben Affleck, the current Batman actor in DC's interconnected universe.
Reeves said, “The industry has changed so dramatically that if you’re going to make a movie that’s going to be in movie theaters, you’re not making anything that isn’t recognizable IP.”
He added, “That’s just where the audience has gone. I’m not saying that I’m happy about that. I’m just saying it is what it is."
The Batman opens in theaters March 4.