War For The Planet Of The Apes is easily our most anticipated film of next month, and early reviews so far have been extremely positive - with a lot of praise coming in for Matt Reeves' sensitive, focused direction.
That's why, when he was announced as director of The Batman with Ben Affleck, there was a huge amount of relief - and, as well, the thoughts of Matt Reeves trying his hand at the character is pretty exciting. In a recent interview with New Trailer Buzz, Reeves spoke publicly for the first time about how he's going to approach The Batman, and drew some interesting comparisons between the lead character from his next film and the lead from his current film.
"I see a parallel, emotionally, between Caesar and Batman in that they're both characters who are tortured and trying to grapple within themselves to do the right thing in a very imperfect, and to some degree corrupt world. It's really that emotionality I'm interested in," explained Reeves. "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 that character, and you emphasize with that point of view. 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 will hopefully connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart."
Reeves makes an interesting point about the detective elements of Batman, which is something that's been completely underutilised in almost every film in the entire series. Returns and The Dark Knight featured some elements of it, but it was only ever wedged in between major action sequences - yet it's something that's completely intrinsic to the character. He's been billed as as the World's Greatest Detective since his creation, after all, and he hasn't done that much detecting on screen.
Reeves really was the perfect choice to replace Affleck, and if War For The Planet Of The Apes is anything to go by, The Batman could finally be the film to rival The Dark Knight.