Get your cowls and capes ready, ladies and gents, because it seems like we’re well on our way to actually making this new Batman film a reality. Well, we’re not technically on our way, but Matt Reeves, the guy behind two of the prequel Planet of the Apes films, is. Rumors point to him having turned in a draft of a script and that the studio is in love with his new take on the Caped Crusader.
But what can we expect from The Batman? Obviously, because the script has only recently been finished, there have been few solid concrete details — and even if there had been legit details, they would have been subject to change. But now, with the script actually mostly written, Reeves was actually able to give a solid answer in regards to his inspiration.
“Gosh, that’s a tough question. I think that it’s interesting, because one of the things that I’ve found interesting, just as we’re working on the story, is looking back at Jekyll and Hyde, and the idea of your shadow-self, and the idea of, we are all multiple things. It’s different aspects of who we are, and I think there are times when maybe the surface of Bruce is not really who he is, but that’s his disguise. There are times when Batman’s the disguise, but there are times when his true essence comes out, because by being veiled, a kind of instinctual side comes out that’s very pure.”
“It’s not an easy question to answer, in that I think that we are all made up of so many different aspects of ourselves that make the whole. I don’t know if you could ever reduce anyone to one part of what they express. That’s what’s fun about his character, is that there’s a very bright light that shines on his shadow side. The idea of all of that is incredibly exciting. It’s part of what makes it fun for me to work on.”
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Of course, this idea of Bruce Wayne having two sides isn’t new. Batman Begins touched on the idea of Bruce’s mask actually being his non-vigilante side, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting to tackle. Like many, I’m hoping to see the Bats to a lot of detecting, and I love the idea of him also battling his inner demons as he does so, as it gives it a very classical gritty film noir feel.
It is worth noting that there’s also a run of the Batman comics called Batman: Jekyll and Hyde, which was written by Paul Jenkins. However, that title is mostly in reference to Two-Face, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Reeves can’t take any inspiration from it.
I may be popping the champagne on this one early, but I’d be very surprised if this new film turned out to be a real dude.
But what do you think of Reeves’ comments? Are you as optimistic as I am? Sound off down below!
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