Reeves: Hitchcock To Influence “The Batman”

The reaction to the hiring of Matt Reeves to direct “The Batman” may have been a little tepid despite Reeves’ excellent track record so far – especially for both large scale action and intimate character-driven stories.

Excitement should increase when “War for the Planet of the Apes” opens in a few weeks and is already garnering talk of it being not just the best Summer blockbuster but one of the year’s best films in any genre.

Doing early press for the movie, Reeves has spoken about his approach to “The Batman” in this early stage and says he’s drawing inspiration from the legendary Alfred Hitchcock for the film which will sport the strongest point-of-view approach to the character since the first half of 2005’s “Batman Begins”. He tells CNET:

“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 comments followed on from some last month about the similar journey taken by both Batman and Caesar the ape:

“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.”

Production on “The Batman” doesn’t begin until next year and there’s presently no release date set.