With Wonder Woman finally bringing DC critical acclaim, as well as the most successful film directed by a female director, the course for the DC Extended Universe appears to have been set straight. However, the journey of the upcoming film, The Batman, has been anything but smooth. Ben Affleck was originally slated to write, direct, and star in the film, but that turned out to be a burden too heavy to bear. The film was without a director for some time when Matt Reeves was brought in to relieve some of the immense pressure off of Affleck.
Reeves, whose latest film, War for the Planet of the Apes, is being called "a sci-fi masterpiece" by some folks, recently spoke with Variety, and it sounds like his idea of Batman will focus more on the character’s detective side than we have seen in the past:
“What I see in Batman that I find so interesting is that, in a way, he reminds me of Caesar, in that he is a character with a really troubled past who is grappling within himself to try to do the right thing in a really imperfect world, in a corrupt world,” Reeves said. “That provides an opportunity, again, if you want to take that point-of-view storytelling -- and I can imagine the story as being like a noir. The originals from the golden age were detective stories. I think if you can marry that with the personal, there’s a chance to do something very exciting.”
We would all love to see the Dark Knight fully utilize his detective skills, think Sherlock Holmes wearing a cape and cowl, and hopefully that is where Reeves has set his sights.
As is par for the course with the film, at one point studio negotiations came to a halt, but Reeves says all is good now with him and the studio:
“Let’s put it this way: I’ve never worked with them but my experience so far is really good, and as I describe what I want to do, they seem really excited,” he says. “So it’s the beginning of a journey,” said Reeves.
It sounds like Reeves has his vision for the film in place and DC is more or less willing to let him see that vision through.
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