The Batman is coming…eventually. Though the film has never had a set release date, the project is obviously a top priority to DC, seeing as how Batman is quite possibly their character with widest appeal — though Wonder Woman would surely give him a run for his money after the huge success of her first film. Like many of the projects in the DC Extended Universe, The Batman has had its set backs, including Ben Affleck stepping down as director and the rumors that the script is a mess and has had multiple revisions that continue today.
The Batman has had a replacement director for Affleck for a while now in Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. ComicBook.com caught up with Reeves, who gave them an update on his next film, The Batman:
“Look, I’m just starting Batman because literally, [War for the Planet of the Apes], as I just said, we finished about a week ago and now we’re publicizing it. So, we haven’t even begun on Batman. For me, what’s always important is to try and find a personal way in. In that way, I do feel like I relate to actors. It’s about understanding emotionally, the way something is. I see this parallel between Caesar and Batman, really, which is this idea of these characters who are grappling with their own struggle and trying to do the right thing in an imperfect world and, so, I do really relate it to that kind of idea.”
It’s always good to hear a director is taking a personal approach to the characters, hopefully staying true enough to who Batman is without giving us a carbon copy of any of his other iterations or adventures. There should still be a lot to explore about Ben Affleck’s DCEU version of Batman, as he will have only shared films with other heroes in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, until The Batman. It’s time to give the epic character some time to breathe!
The comparison between Caesar from War of the Planet of the Apes and Batman is interesting as well. Both do struggle with who they are, attempting to live up to an impossible task in a world they want to control, but have proven time and time again that they cannot. They set their own personal rules, whether it’s not killing or just not killing other apes, which can be nearly impossible to adhere to in such imperfect worlds.
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