Matt Reeves Compares “Apes” To “Batman”

Following his work on “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and its soon to release follow-up “War for the Planet of the Apes,” filmmaker Matt Reeves was hired to direct the Ben Affleck-led “The Batman” standalone film which is in development at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Speaking with Los Angeles Daily News this week about his take on the Caped Crusader, Reeves reflects on the similarity between the protagonists of the franchises – the ape Caesar and Bruce Wayne/Batman:

“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. That is a really powerful character, in the same way that Caesar is such a powerful character.”

Reeves is still engulfed in ‘Apes’ responsibilities until sometime in June, meaning filming on the new “Batman” film probably won’t begin until early 2018 – especially as the film has yet to receive a proper green light.