Matt Reeves, the director of the upcoming Batman film, talked this week about his vision for the Dark Knight’s first solo outing in the DCEU and, for the first time in a while, I’m excited about the film.
Speaking to New Trailer Buzz Reeves said that his team is just beginning work on the movie, as he’s coming off the latest Planet of the Apes film, War for the Planet of the Apes.
“I want to do a very point-of-view-driven [film],” Reeves said. “In all the films what I try to do, in almost a Hitchcockian sense, is use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become the character and you empathize with that point of view.”
“I think there is a chance to do an almost noir-driven, detective version of Batman that is point-of-view-driven in a very, very powerful way. And hopefully it is going to connect you to what is going on inside of his head and inside of his heart.”
That’s the Batman I want
I don’t know about you, but that sounds great. As good as the Nolan Dark Knight movies were, they never managed to capture Batman as a detective, in my opinion. He had his moments as a ninja and a busted-up old boxer in the first and third movies. The Dark Knight got closer, but it was very focused on the comparison between the Joker and Batman, and was more about that than about Batman himself.
Some of my favorite Batman stories have emphasized his core intelligence, and villains like Ra’s al Ghul can, at their best moments, put that to the test.
We don’t know what else is going on in the story. We know Ben Affleck is still set to play Batman, and that Joe Manganiello will likely play the mercenary Deathstroke, unless the script has been completely dumped.
Reeves proved that he can handle big movies with his two Planet of the Apes films, both of which were well-received by fans and critics alike, and both of which are at over 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m optimistic that he can handle Batman, and it sounds like he has a good idea of what makes the character tick. Unlike, say, Zack Snyder.