Inside The Film Room writer David Sobczak spoke with four-time Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri at Film Fest 919, where Letteri shared the following information.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – In an exclusive interview at Film Fest 919, Joe Letteri, senior visual effects supervisor of Weta Digital, said his colleague Dan Lemmon will be serving as the visual effects supervisor on Matt Reeves’ “The Batman.”
When asked how often he talks to the “War for the Planet of the Apes” writer-director, Letteri said the two haven’t spoken as much recently because Reeves is deep in preparation for “The Batman.”
“He’s working on the new Batman, obviously,” Letteri said. “Dan Lemmon, who supervised all the ‘Apes’ films with Matt, is now working with Matt directly on that.”
Letteri added that Lemmon is currently with Reeves, who is writing and directing “The Batman,” and that the duo is devoting their focus entirely to the highly-anticipated DC Comics film.
Lemmon, a four-time Academy Award nominee, received Oscar nominations for his work on each of the films in the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy. Reeves directed the latter two installments.
In 2017, Lemmon won the Oscar for his visual effects work on “The Jungle Book.”
The early stages of development for “The Batman” were quite turbulent. Originally, Ben Affleck was set to star as the Caped Crusader in addition to writing and directing the film. Affleck had completed a script with former DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns, but decided to leave the director’s chair in Jan. 2017, with Reeves quickly replacing him. Affleck later abandoned the project altogether in Jan. 2019.
Reeves will also produce the film, alongside “Planet of the Apes” producer Dylan Clark.
After an exhaustive search by Warner Bros., Robert Pattinson agreed to don the cape and cowl earlier this year. Since then, Jeffrey Wright has reportedly been cast as Commissioner Gordon, with Jonah Hill in talks to play a villain.
Details of the project continue to be shrouded in secrecy, but with production set to begin in early 2020, expect more news in the coming months.
“The Batman” is slated to release on June 25, 2021.
Johnny Sobczak is an entertainment journalist and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in Media and Journalism and minored in Global Cinema. Johnny is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association and has been writing for Inside the Film Room since August 2019; he was named Senior Writer in January 2020. Johnny spends his days job-hunting, watching films and obsessing over every new detail of Denis Villeneuve's "Dune."