Hollywood is a fat, greedy bastard. It’s never good enough to have one great film. When there is a success, more are sure to follow. To be frank, it’s true in almost every capitalist-driven creative medium, but it really seems to take focus in Hollywood thanks to the huge risks that movies are for studio. When hundreds of millions of dollars are on the line, it’s easy to gravitate to things you know audiences are familiar with.
That being said, that doesn’t mean you can’t tell great stories in franchises. Just because an idea isn’t original doesn’t make the execution any less important. As we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in Christopher Nolan’s excellent Dark Knight Trilogy, it’s possible to make real gold from existing properties. Perhaps the most relevant other example is Matt Reeves’ work on the Planet of the Apes trilogy — a film series that it one thousand times better than it had any right to be. That man took an existing franchise and arguably elevated above the quality of any of its predecessors, including the original. As such, you can hardly blame folks when they ask about what the future could hold for Matt Reeves and The Batman.
Speaking with Fandango, Reeves discussed the possibility of going on to direct a trilogy of Batman films.
"I have ideas about an arc, but really, the important thing is just to start... you have to start with one. You know, you have to start with a story that begins something. And I would be lying if I could tell you that the arcs of Apes was already planned out, because it simply wasn't; it's one of those things where that character was so potent, and the possibility was embedded from the beginning, but exactly how you've got from A to Z is not something that existed."
It’s a very diplomatic answer from Reeves. It’s a way for him to keep the door open for the possibility without committing to it completely. That being said, that doesn’t make his answer any less honest. The reality is that the creative process is an unpredictable beast, and when mapping out the specifics of a single film, it may very well be counterproductive to think too hard about the journey to come. At the core of most good stories is the emotional journey of the character, and in stating this, Reeves really has cemented his focus on making his films character first.
What do you think of Reeves’ statement? Do you think he’ll end up sticking around for a complete trilogy? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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