Reeves Plans To Go Noir With “The Batman”

Doing more press rounds for “War for the Planet of the Apes,” filmmaker Matt Reeves was asked again about his next film, “The Batman,” and what sort of tone he aims to offer with his take on The Dark Knight.

Filming on “The Batman” is slated to begin in early 2018 should things go to plan, but for now the project has yet to receive an official green light from the studio. Much will depend upon how much Reeves will rewrite the script by the film’s star Ben Affleck, DC chief Geoff Johns and “Argo” scribe Chris Terrio.

Reeves tells New Trailer Buzz that the aim is to create something more noir-style than audiences usually expect from the Caped Crusader:

“One of the reasons I was drawn to it is I had a similar fascination to Batman when I was younger that I had with the Apes series, which I was obsessed with. I see a parallel emotionally between Caesar and Batman, in that they’re both characters who are tortured and trying to sort of grapple within themselves to find the way to do the right thing in a very imperfect and, to some degree, corrupt world. It’s really that emotionality that I’m interested in.

In all of my films, what I try to do, in an almost Hitchcockian sense, is use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become the character, and you emphasize with that point of view. I think 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 hopefully is going to connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart.”

Affleck will next appear as Batman in “Justice League” opening November 17th.