Matt Reeves talks about ‘Cloverfield’ Easter eggs, teases ‘Batman’ future

Matt Reeves and Lizzy Caplan are on the set of Cloverfield, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month.  (Photo: Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Matt Reeves and Lizzy Caplan on set clover fieldCelebrating its 15th anniversary this month. (Photo: Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Fifteen years ago, Matt Reeves, clover field The universe by bringing the 2008 monster movie to the big screen. The movie’s $175 million worldwide gross allowed Reeves to have even more cinematic universes in his future. planet of the apes-verse, and more recently, the Bat-verse branch of the DC Extended Universe. But the universe is undergoing a sweeping overhaul as DC Studios new heads James Gunn and Peter Safran seek to reinvent the status quo for the company’s greatest heroes, starting with an all-new Superman.

Talking to Yahoo Entertainment beforehand clover fieldOn January 18, the day after an extra-charged 4K Steelbook version went on sale – Reeves confirmed that he was in talks with Gunn and Safran about the company’s future. BatmanThe blockbuster movie that introduced Robert Pattinson as the younger version of Gotham City’s Dark Knight, rebooting the franchise in 2022.

“We talked a few times,” Reeves explains. “This month I have to get together with him and Peter sometimes. They’re working hard on what they’re doing, and I’ve been working on what we’ve been doing with my partners – all our shows, and so we’re going to have a meeting where we’re going to talk about everything that’s going on and the curves of those two things. I’m excited to hear what they’re doing.”

Robert Pattinson and Reeves on the set of Batman.  (Photo: Jonathan Olley/Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection)`

Robert Pattinson and Reeves on set Batman. (Photo: Jonathan Olley/Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection)

So far, Reeves’ announced plans include a second movie for Pattinson’s Cloaked Warrior (possibly starring Barry Keoghan’s clown-like nemesis the Joker) and an HBO revolving around Colin Farrell’s Gotham crime boss Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin. Max series. These projects have no ties to the rest of the DCEU roster, and some of his upcoming talk with Gunn and Safran will include how they will work in parallel, at least for now. “They have a big plan and I have this big Bat-verse plan,” he states. “It’s just about really getting to know each other. It’s going to be fun.”

Speaking of fun accompanying potentially interconnecting universes, the Bat-verse has a backdoor way to accept it. clover field Universe. For much of the 2000s, Reeves and his regular collaborator JJ Abrams took care to bridge their various projects by linking Easter eggs, including Slusho, the faux-drink line originally introduced in Abrams’ cult spy series. nickname – The literally addictive drinks then appeared on the big screen. Super 8 and Star warsas well as double bill with Reeves helmet clover field and let me in. Inside clover fieldThe distinctive brand name appears on a shirt worn by one of the characters and plays a fake Slusho ad in the background of another scene.

Reeves just laughs when asked if he has plans to include Slusho in the Gotham City beverage supply. “We’ll see,” he says. “You never know! When I know let me inJJ was just about to start Super 8and I was like, ‘Hey, are you doing something with Slusho? Because it would be fun if we put it in our thing.’ I don’t know if you’ll see it in the movie: In a scene at the gas station. That was the last Slusho thing I had.”

clover field‘s best standalone Easter egg comes at the end of the movie, when audiences know exactly how big the movie is. cashew Arrived in the New York City area. In the background of the final scene on the world-famous Deno’s Wonder Wheel in Coney Island, the camera points to the water and a satellite is seen rapidly approaching Earth and landing with a small jump on the horizon. This object awakens an unstoppable killing machine and destroys Manhattan a month later, forcing the military to drop nuclear bombs on the entire island.

An enraged monster destroys one of New York City's most famous landmarks in Cloverfield.  (Photo: Courtesy of ©Paramount/Everett Collection)

An enraged monster destroys one of New York City’s most famous landmarks. clover field. (Photo: Courtesy of the Paramount/Everett Collection)

Reeves says the creature’s visual origin story isn’t part of Drew Goddard’s original screenplay or first shoot. Instead, the visual effects team added it towards the end of production. “This was added quite late,” she recalls. “We were finishing the visual effects and we thought, ‘It would be great to see the moment come,’ and the VFX team said, ‘Yeah, we can do that.

“We knew we wanted this to be an Easter egg, the kind of thing that needed to be mentioned,” Reeves continues. “So we tweaked a lot of the lighting to make the meteor less obvious. But people got it all very quickly! Another Easter egg happened during our audio mixing: JJ and I wanted to make this radio crackle. ‘It’s alive!’ “The helicopter scene I call it. Within an hour of the movie’s release, someone recorded that sound, played it back, and realized what it was! The movie’s fan base was really heavy back then.”

From left to right: Jessica Lucas, Caplan, Michael Stahl-David and TJ Miller star in the 2008 monster movie Cloverfield.  (Photo: Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection)

The stars of the 2008 movie monster, clover field, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Kaplan, Michael Stahl-David and TJ Miller from left. (Photo: Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection)

seen today clover field A true 2008 time capsule captures rising stars like Lizzy Caplan, TJ Miller, Theo Rossi and Ben Feldman, all victims of the beast’s onslaught, on their way to greater things. It is also the bridge between the camera age and the smartphone age: the iPhone was launched in the summer of 2007. clover field was in production, and Reeves admits that if they made the movie now, it would have been shot with a smartphone instead of the handheld camera that Miller’s incidental cameraman Hud carried.

“We actually used three different cameras back then,” he recalls. “I had a really small camera that I gave the actors to distribute to each other and see how light it was. Then I shot most of the movie myself with Hud’s slightly larger camera. I had to plug it in. [T.J.’s] shoes to do these things sometimes! And then we had a heavier Viper camera that was good enough for special effects. But now, you can definitely shoot it all on an iPhone and the camera gets a lot more mobile. To be honest with you, there are a lot of things about the movie that will be easier now!”

Duration clover fieldtechnology may scream 2008, while the beast itself evokes excitement beyond time. jaws. That’s because Reeves channels the same approach Steven Spielberg used in his 1975 shark classic, revealing the creature’s star trait in small bites rather than one big sip. “jaws The Rosetta Stone is the Rosetta Stone for any movie with such a creature,” he admits. It’s become clear that the less you see, the more terrifying you make it, because your brain is starting to feel the palpable horror that the characters feel.”

Spielberg, of course, is currently back on the awards circuit for his autobiographical drama. Fabelmansthis is – among other things – The World’s Biggest Show He started his passion for cinema. If and when Reeves makes his own version Fabelmans, the credit for this opening theatrical experience will go to a lower quality picture. “It would be ridiculous,” he says, recalling his first movie experience. “Probably it was apple dumpling gang With Don Knotts and Tim Conway. I don’t think it’s the same thing The World’s Biggest Show

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