Batman has had a lot of great movies. Between the cheesy 1966 Adam West-starring Batman, all the way to the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, we have seen numerous effective interpretations of the Caped Crusader. But if there’s one side we’ve seen much too little of, it’s the world’s greatest detective side.
We did see glimpses of it in The Dark Knight, such as when Batman re-assembled the shattered bullet to help pull a fingerprint, but that film seemed to play out more like a thriller than a mystery, since we already knew a lot of the things Batman didn’t. With Matt Reeves’ The Batman, it sounds like we’ll be getting a more standard, noir-ish detective story — one that focuses very heavily on Batman’s perspective.
Speaking with New Trailer Buzz, Reeves said:
“What I try to do, in an almost Hitchcockian sense, is use the camera, and use the storytelling so that you become the character, and that 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 will hopefully connect you to what’s going on inside of his head.”
One has to wonder how much of a risk something like this would be. After all, we’ve gotten used to these Batman films being big, bombastic blockbusters. To go from something like Justice League down to something closer to, say, a less dark version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo would be a big step down in terms of scale. But you never know. With Batman at the forefront, anything is possible.
If nothing else we know that Matt Reeves has a real connection with Bruce Wayne as a character, and he even drew some parallels between Bruce and Caesar from War for the Planet of the Apes.
“I see a parallel emotionally between Caesar and Batman in that they’re both characters who are tortured and trying to grappled within themselves to find the way to do the right thing n a very imperfect and, to some degree, corrupt world.”
While we’re still a bit disappointed that Affleck couldn’t helm the film, there’s no denying that it seems to be in good hands.