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Reports spread Wednesday on genre movie news sites that director Matt Reeves had tapped the three-time Oscar-winner for the job.
“I’m not shooting The Batman. … I have never met with Matt Reeves,” Richardson told The Hollywood Reporter during an interview Thursday for an upcoming Behind the Screen podcast about his latest film, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
“I woke up this morning to a slew of text messages, ‘Congratulations, I didn’t know you were shooting Batman.’ I was highly perplexed,” he said. “The closest part of reality is that when Ben Affleck was going to direct, I was going to shoot. But I don’t know how that got moved into this space.”
The veteran DP has won Oscars for JFK, The Aviator and Hugo. Asked later in the conversation if there was a genre he’d still like to explore, Richardson responded with a laugh. “I actually liked the idea that I was doing Batman … I was like, ‘Oh, yeah.'”
He added that when Affleck was attached to helm with Richardson as a DP, “I thought, “Finally, I get to do a Batman movie.’ I think that would be a lot of fun — whether Batman, or I have always wanted to shoot Superman. … He was one of my favorite characters growing up.”
Warner Bros.’ The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, is slated for a June 25, 2021, release.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino’s 1969 Los Angeles-set comedy-drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, bows July 26.
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