‘The Batman’ Director Matt Reeves Teases ‘Noir-Driven, Detective Version’ Of Caped Crusader | Film News
Despite director Matt Reeves making the press rounds for a big film in its own right – War Of The Planet Of The Apes, which hits cinemas next month – he’s inevitably having to answer questions about his next film, this project you may have heard of, The Batman.
Interestingly, Reeves gave some candid answers about what drew him to The Batman and his vision for the film: “One of the reasons I was drawn to [The Batman] is that I had a similar obsession to Batman when I was younger that I had with the Apes series, which I was obsessed with. I see a parallel emotionally between Caesar and Batman, in that they’re both tortured and trying to sort of grapple within themselves to try and do the right thing in a very imperfect and, to some degree, corrupt world. It’s really that emotionality that I’m interested”.
Excitedly, Reeves then went on to talk about honouring the “world’s greatest detective” moniker Batman earned in his comics days that is one of the few aspects of the character that hasn’t been particularly fleshed out on the big screen: “In all of my films, what I try to do, in an almost Hitchcockian sense, is use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become that character, and you emphasise with that point of view.”
Reeves continues: “There’s a chance to do an almost noir-driven, detective version of Batman that is point-of-view driven in a very, very powerful way, that hopefully is going to connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart”.
If that isn’t music to the ears of Batman fans, I’m not sure what will be. Reeves’ vision sounds similar to what Ben Affleck envisioned when he was attached to direct the film, as he described it as a Maltese Falcon-inspired story.
So despite the disappointment many felt when Affleck was axed from the directors chair, it sounds as if Reeves is set on creating the same dark, introspective mystery-based film that had gotten fans so excited in the first place.
When you’re set to make the first solo Batman follow up to Christopher Nolan‘s hugely successful series, you’ve got some big shoes to fill. It seems Reeves may be up to the task.