Now that his work on War for the Planet of the Apes has been completed, director Matt Reeves is finally turning his attention towards his next project – DC’s The Batman. Reeves has recently revealed a somewhat surprising source of influence that his version of the long-running franchise will take inspiration from – legendary suspense director Alfred Hitchcock.
Reeves recently spoke to CNet to promote his newest film, the acclaimed closing chapter to the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy. The conversation naturally shifted over toward The Batman, and Reeves explained that his approach to the superhero film will draw inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock:
“We’re just starting… 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.”
Some of Hitchcock’s greatest movies emphasized the mental states of his characters, often reflecting the duality within – the underlying psychoses that were hidden beneath an outward personality. This kind of approach should be all too familiar to Batman fans with regard to modern interpretations of the titular character. With the movie’s rumored connection to the insane inmates of Arkham Asylum, the Hitchcock route seems like it would be ideal toward showing the villains of Gotham City in an interesting new light.
The Batman is currently rumored for a 2019 release date. Its cast includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon, and Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson (Deathstroke).
8 Reasons Matt Reeves Is The Perfect Director For ‘The Batman’
Batman is a special character and he deserves a special director. He’s had a few through his cinematic lifetime but the most recent addition to the pantheon of Batman directors is one that should excite any fan. Matt Reeves will take the helm of the Ben Affleck-led solo Batman film, tentatively titled The Batman, after Affleck himself vacated the chair to focus on his role.
Reeves made his directorial debut in 2008 on the viral-marketed hit Cloverfield, produced by his childhood friend and frequent colleague J.J. Abrams (which has now spawned an anthology franchise) and made a career hopping from beloved property to beloved property. He remade the hit foreign film Let the Right One In as Let Me In in 2010 and was briefly attached to direct The Twilight Zone film before taking the reins of the rebooted Planet of the Apes series with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014. He returned for the third film, War of the Planet of the Apes, which he is currently in post-production on for a July 14 release this summer.
Reeves is an established name, by dint of his relationships and resume, but he is nonetheless an inspired choice to shepherd one of pop culture’s most venerable characters. His movies are often very dramatic, even sensitive, in way that conveys emotional vulnerability, a powerful tool for maintaining audiences’ suspension of disbelief in the face of the fantastic or ridiculous. His habit of remaking or rebooting properties also makes him comfortable with how to balance the old with the new and, best of all, how to fuse both into something that is both highly personal and very accessible. For more reasons why Reeves is the perfect director for The Batman, click Next!