The Batman will be the character's first solo film since the Dark Knight Trilogy as well as his first non-team-up adventure in the DC Extended Universe, whenever it is finally released. The project has taken a long time to come together, partially due to DC's wise decision not to rush this particular movie, but also due to some unfortunate set-backs. Originally, Ben Affleck was writing the film with comic book author and DCEU producer Geoff Johns, with the intention of directing it himself. Since then, Affleck has removed his name from the director's chair and the script is said to be in a state of flux.
Thankfully, we've had a new director attached for several months now, Matt Reeves. Reeves is most well known for Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as well as this July's upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. But how do we know Reeves is the right man for The Batman? Let me focus your attention on this quote Reeves gave the Los Angeles Daily News concerning Batman, as he also discussed War for the Planet of the Apes:
“It’s a strange thing to be involved in the two franchises which were the two that I was connected to most as a child. I just was obsessed with Batman when I was a kid. What I find so interesting about him as a character is that, as far a superhero goes, he’s not superhuman, he is a person. And he is a tortured soul who is grappling with his past and trying to find a way to be in a world that has a lot that’s wrong with it and trying to find a way to reconcile all of that. That is a really powerful character, in the same way that Caesar is such a powerful character.”
As a Batman fan, it is always calming to know that the character is in the hands of another lifelong fan. This doesn't necessarily guarantee quality -- plenty of fans of properties have directed terrible movies based on them -- but Reeves clearly understands the character of Batman better than most. I know it's not rocket science, but you'd be surprised how many people miss the boat when interpreting this beloved character.
Looking at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Reeves has already successfully directed a great film that paid homage to one of his childhood obsessions while also making it feel fresh and exciting all over again. I was disappointed when Affleck said he wouldn't direct, but now my mind is at ease once more!
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SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News