War of the Planet of the Apes and future director of The Batman, Matt Reeves, has revealed that he’s looking to make a more “noire-driven” Batman movie!
The Batman movie has been going through all sorts of problems. Originally, it was going to be directed by Batman himself, Ben Affleck, otherwise known as ‘Batfleck’. However, he then dropped out of the director’s seat, and there were rumours of him leaving the project and DC altogether.
But then Matt Reeves jumped onboard as director. Reeves’ appointment was anything but smooth since there were reports that he had turned down Warner Bros.’ offer. Yet not to fear, since he will be starting work on The Batman once War of the Planet of the Apes is done and dusted.
During a recent interview, Reeves’ peaked my interest in The Batman even more, since he spoke of how he wanted to make it a “noire-driven” Batman film, which in my mind is absolutely perfect since the Caped Crusader is often referred to as Gotham’s greatest detective.
“I want to do a very point of view-driven — you know, this film and with all films what I try to do in an almost Hitchcockian sense is to use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become the character and you empathize with that point of view, and 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,” he told New Trailer Buzz (via Batman-News).
Reeves also revealed the many similarities between War of the Planet of the Apes’ protagonist, Caesar, and the Dark Knight himself. “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 a way to do the right thing in a very imperfect, and to some degree corrupt, world,” said Reeves. “And so it’s really that emotionality that I’m interested in.”
The Batman does seem in very safe hands now that Reeves is onboard, and if early reactions are anything to go by, he’s created something of a masterpiece of a summer blockbuster in War of the Planet of the Apes, and I cannot wait to see it!
War of the Planet of the Apes will be in UK cinemas on July 11th.