The Batman is an interesting film. Endless rumors of production troubles and issues with Ben Affleck have seemingly put the movie in a weird place with audiences. Yet with a new director and the DCEU basking in the afterglow of Wonder Woman, there’s hope yet that things can be turned around. At least that’s the sentiment from that new director, Matt Reeves.
The Cloverfield director sat down with Yahoo! Movies and discussed the upcoming Batman movie – stating how he wants the film to be different from anything that’s come before.
“It’s my hope to tell a very emotional Batman story,”
“What I love that [Nolan] did was that he took the genre seriously,”
What studios are willing to make at the moment is a very, very narrow band of films. What I discovered is that this genre has the potential to be about something more. You can use the metaphors of the genre to talk about [a lot].
“I think that the metaphors of both of the franchises [Batman and Apes] enable you to tell stories that have deep emotional resonance. That’s actually what excites me about it. It’s interesting because I was obsessed with both as a child, and yet there is something potentially very adult about what you can explore under the cover of that fantasy. That is what draws me to it, and that’s what I’m excited about.”
Reeves then went on to state that he wanted to draw inspiration from Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy of Batman movies – which would be apparent in his upcoming Batman movie;
“I think the other thing that I really admire in what [Nolan] did was knowing what it is to make a big studio film… which often can fall into that sense of committee filmmaking where there’s an anonymity to the point of view of the film.”
I think excitement around this movie is fairly limited right now – if only because of the constant off-screen rumors that Ben Affleck has been looking to depart the project. He was originally onboard as director and writer, but dropped both roles when it became apparent that the scale of the movie required more hands. Matt Reeves stepped into the role of director, and not much has been heard of the project since.
I’m personally very excited to see Ben Affleck’s Batman more. I thought he was one of the best bits from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – film that really benefitted from Ben Affleck’s presence. To lose him would be a great shame.
In particular given how well Wonder Woman has been received. That movie has managed to rekindle audiences appetite for the DCEU, something that six months ago was unthinkable. With so much momentum and good will – one hopes that it signals better things ahead.
Are you looking forward to the upcoming Batman movie? Are