‘The Batman’ Director Discusses His “Emotional” Take on the Dark Knight

While we’re still a long way from seeing Warner Bros.’ next Batman film starring Ben Affleck, director Matt Reeves isn’t remaining silent about his work on the upcoming project. Currently promoting his latest film, War for the Planet of the Apes, in a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies Reeves discussed what type of movie and character fans can expect from The Batman, as well as what he’s drawn inspiration from.

While it’s probably no surprise to some viewers, Reeves expressed his admiration for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, which starred Christian Bale, commencing with Batman Begins in 2005 and concluding with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012:

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.

Reeves also stated he’s aiming to “tell a very emotional Batman story.” His take on the character will also draw comparison to the protagonist of Reeve’s current Planet of the Apes installment, the ape Caesar played by Andy Serkis, stating there’s a “strong parallel between [Batman and Caesar] because they’re both damaged characters who are grappling to the do the right thing in a very imperfect world. A world that’s filled with all of the corruption that is human.”

With a strong résumé of films behind him including Let Me In, Cloverfield, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes already receiving stellar reviews before its July 11 theatrical release, it seems The Batman is in the right hands. Hopefully it will make up for Warner Bros.’ initial introduction to the new Batman in the divisive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though that should probably be a job for this year’s Justice League directed by Zack Snyder, and recently taken over by Joss Whedon, who is also in line to direct a solo Batgirl film for Warner Bros.

While The Batman was originally set to release in 2018, it’s likely the film will not release until 2019 due to recent script rewrites and director changes. Initially Ben Affleck himself was to not only star in the titular role and write, but direct as well. We’ll keep you posted on more updates as they come through.