After Ben Affleck stepped down from the director’s chair for the Batman solo film, and a barrage of unfavorable rumors started to circle the script, fans began to worry. However, things are looking up for the Caped Crusader’s next solo outing with director Matt Reeves now at the helm. With War for the Planet of the Apes opening soon, Reeves is bound to face a myriad of Batman questions while on the press tour. Understandably, he doesn’t have much to offer as of yet, but that hasn’t stopped him from teasing what he hopes to accomplish.
Talking to New Trailer Buzz, Reeves touches on what draws him to character, and the connection Batman and Caesar from the Apes films share. The director makes a sound argument, one that simply comes down to what he deems “emotionality.” Interestingly, he briefly explains how he plans to explore Batman emotionally.
“I see a parallel, emotionally between Caesar and Batman… they’re both characters who are tortured, and trying to sort of grapple within themselves to try to find a way to do the right thing in a very imperfect, and to, some degree, corrupt world.”
In an attempt to capture emotionality screen, Matt Reeves adds that he typically aims to “use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become the character and empathize with that point of view.”
To translate that to a Batman film, Reeves states:
“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 will hopefully connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart.”
His comments sound as if he will approach the character in a manner reminiscent to Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One, where being inside the budding detective’s head was paramount to the success of the story. If such a feat is achieved on the big screen, Ben Affleck’s Bat could be the first live action iteration to truly embody the character’s World’s Greatest Detective title.
You can watch the interview in its entirety below:
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