Reeves To Return Batman To His Detective Roots
Matt Reeves might be doing the press tour for his upcoming War For The Planet Of The Apes film, but everyone wants to talk Batman. In an interview, Reeves goes into his vision for the Dark Knight:
“One of the reasons I was drawn to it is I had a similar fascination 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 characters who are tortured and trying to sort of grapple within themselves to find the way to do the right thing in a very imperfect and, to some degree, corrupt world. It’s really that emotionality that I’m interested in.
“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 the character, and you emphasize with that point of view. I think 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.”
The Batman To Film Next Year?
Reeves, who is best known for Cloverfield and the Planet of the Apes reboot films, has a mighty task ahead of him. Reeves took over from star Ben Affleck, who needed to take a step back from directing in addition to acting and writing the screenplay. Reeves is expected to retool the screenplay as well. The film, starring Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne has yet to be officially greenlit by the studio, and production has been delayed until at least next year. This will mean DC’s lone offering in 2018 could be the Aquaman film starring Jason Momoa unless they can move into production quickly. Jeremy Irons and JK Simmons are expected to return as Alfred and Commissioner Gordon respectively, and Joe Manganiello is likely still on board to play the villain Deathstroke.
Reeves’ approach has already been received positively by fans, many of whom are really excited to see Batman use his detective skills more. While we got a hint of them in Batman V Superman, Batman on film has not lived up to his name of The World’s Greatest Detective. The film noir aesthetic also appeals, given the character’s roots in the pulp fiction genre of the 1930s and 1940s.
Batman will next be seen in November’s Justice League. War For The Planet Of The Apes premieres on July 14th.
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