Matt Reeves Envisages ‘Noir-Driven’ Batman

War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves could be forgiven for his lack of insight thus far into what fans can expect from The Batman. For starters, it’s been barely 10 days since he finished the third instalment of the Planet of the Apes reboot and he’s now smack in the middle of its promotional tour. The Batman is but a twinkle in his directorial eye, idling in the pre-production stages.

But in an interview with New Trailer Buzz, Reeves has shared a brief teaser of his vision for the titular character, hinting at possible angles for what will be Ben Affleck’s fourth outing as the Dark Knight. And anyone whose dreams are still haunted by the ridiculous, neon memories of the Joel Schumacher era can relax; it sounds infinitely cooler.

Ben Affleck's Batman

By his own admission, Reeves is a big fan of getting his audience into the heads of the characters he’s portraying, using “an almost Hitchcockian” style of camera work and storytelling to capture their emotionality – and The Batman will be no different. Interestingly, Reeves also says that he sees parallels between the characters of Batman and Planet of the Apes’ Ceasar. He was fascinated by both franchises when he was younger, so directing them seems to have been a no-brainer. And he really wants fans to engage with the protaganists.

“They are 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,” 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 powerful way, that hopefully is going to connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart.”

No specific plot details have been released yet but we know that Jeremy Irons will reprise his role of Alfred Pennyworth and will be joined by Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, which still confuses me as he’ll forever be the gobby newspaper editor in the Tobey Maguire Spiderman franchise. In fact, the ‘six degrees of separation’ casting in and around the DC Extended and Marvel Cinematic Universes is probably the subject of another article. So many reboots!

Zac Snyder's batsuit photo

Anyway, Reeves’ musings come as fans and media have been poring over an image (pictured above) of Batman posted on social media site Vero by departed Justice League director Zack Snyder. The picture, captioned “shot this with my 4×5”, shows a pretty mean-looking suit. However, there’s been some debate on whether it’s actually taken from the upcoming movie, or is an older test costume from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Either way, it’s badassery of the highest order.

Snyder, who directed Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, had to step down from the Justice League role following a family tragedy and was replaced by Joss Whedon. The movie is now in post-production and hits cinemas on 17 November. We’ll leave you with the trailer, just in case you’re in two minds about seeing it.

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