Matt Reeves Discusses Batman Solo Movie, A Trilogy, Nolan and Hitchcock Influences.
War for the Planet of the Apes hits cinema this month, and now director Matt Reeves, who also directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is focusing on his upcoming project: The new Batman solo movie. After replacing Ben Affleck as Director, some reports are confirming that Reeves is doing some rewriting which could change the original vision of the story by Affleck. Batman solo movie was expected to start shooting later this year. But due to the director busy calendar, especially with War for the Planet of the Apes, the movie won’t start shooting until 2018. Last May Matt Reeves told Los Angeles Daily News about his vision for the movie.
“It’s a strange thing to be involved in the two franchises which were the two that I was connected to most as a child.”
“I just was obsessed with Batman when I was a kid. What I find so interesting about him as a character is that, as far a superhero goes, he’s not superhuman, he is a person. And he is a tortured soul who is grappling with his past and trying to find a way to be in a world that has a lot that’s wrong with it and trying to find a way to reconcile all of that.”
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Could Batman Solo Movie lead into a trilogy?
And about some ideas for sequels, and making a new Batman trilogy, Reeves recently spoke to Fandango:
“I have ideas about an arc, but really, the important thing is just to start… you have to start with one. You know, you have to start with a story that begins something. And I would be lying if I could tell you that the arcs of Apes was already planned out, because it simply wasn’t; it’s one of those things where that character was so potent, and the possibility was embedded from the beginning, but exactly how you’ve got from A to Z is not something that existed.”
“In fact, when I came in on Dawn, the story that I wanted to tell was different from the story that they had even presented me. And so, there are these broad ideas, I think, that sort of came to mind as Rise was created, of how that story could be told, but they weren’t explicitly laid-out. And when Mark and I began Dawn, we knew what our goals were, but we didn’t know how we were gonna get there, and I would say that that more relates to the way that I see a Batman story, is a kind of ambition for a series of stories, but really the most important thing is gonna be to tell a vital first story.”
Christopher Nolan and Alfred Hitchcock Influences.
Matt Reeves has a lot on his shoulders. The director has the pressure of living up to the success of the Dark knight Trilogy by Christopher Nolan. Luckily Reeves seems to have a different vision of the movie and has a good idea of what he wants. In an interview with CNET the director talked about his approach for Batman Solo Movie:
“For me, point of view is really important. I want to make sure you are experiencing something from the perspective of the main character in the story. I’m a huge Hitchcock fan – I like the idea of being immersed in that perspective.”
“Movies for me are about empathy. The idea is to make you, the audience, feel what the character feels.”
The director also spoke to Yahoo! Movies, and expressed his admiration to Nolan’s work and approach directing The Dark Knight Trilogy. Reeves said:
“What I love that he (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.”
“I think the other thing that I really admire in what he (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.”
“It’s trying to allow a perspective to come through despite the fact that we’re in this very large studio movie world.”
Reeves also spoke to Digital Spy, and he said:
“…We’re holding a mirror up to ourselves, we’re looking at ourselves in these apes’ faces and I feel the same potential in Batman.”
“I think [Christopher] Nolan’s films did that and I think Batman as a myth is a very similar myth [to Caesar’s], in that he’s a tortured soul who is struggling to find a way to do the right thing in a very imperfect world.”
“Noir-driven detective version of Batman”
In a way, Matt Reeves confirmed he is doing the same approach as Nolan did with The Dark Knight. When he was asked by New Trailer Buzz about his vision for Batman Solo Movie he said:
“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 and inside of his heart.”
“I see a parallel emotionally between Caesar and Batman, in that they’re both tortured and trying to sort of grapple within themselves to try and do the right thing in a very imperfect and, to some degree, corrupt world.”
He also told Digital Spy:
“I think the thing that I’m excited about is the idea of trying to tell a very point-of-view-driven, emotional story from that perspective in the same way that I tried to do with Caesar. I think there’s a way to tell his story that could be very emotional.”
The Batman Solo Movie still doesn’t have a release date yet. The next film in the DCEU, Justice League, will be released on November 17.