In case you have been living under a rock for – what feels like – forever; Matt Reeves is the director of the upcoming Batman standalone film. The project has been through more ups and downs than Ben Affleck’s early acting career; as of right now, the film has no release date, but that will change in the near future. Of course, Reeves will sound familiar and with good reason; the filmmaker is the man behind hits such as Cloverfield and Dawn of The Planet of The Apes; two critical – and commercial – successes. The director has a new Apes film coming out on July 14th, and while promoting the latest entry, Reeves discussed his take on Bruce Wayne/Batman and how similar he is to Caesar from the Apes franchise:
“It’s a strange thing to be involved in the two franchises which were the two that I was connected to most as a child. I just was obsessed with Batman when I was a kid. 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.”
I genuinely wonder if Batman has ever been compared to an ape. That said, how do you guys feel about Reeves’ comments? Personally, I think the director is a perfect choice to helm this upcoming Batman movie, and with his arrival, hopefully Ben Affleck can relax a little bit and really take his time to perfect his – already awesome – portrayal of the Dark Knight.
War for The Planet of The Apes hits theatres everywhere on July 14th, 2017.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Comics That Could Inspire Ben Affleck’s Batman Movie
Ben Affleck’s The Batman has been through a ride more wild than a Batmobile hijack. Affleck, initially set to direct, dropped out to focus on playing Batman. Dawn of the Planet of The Apes director Matt Reeves stepped in, but almost pulled an Affleck during intense negotiations with Warner Bros. Finally, Reeves successfully gained creative control of the film, and fans everywhere breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Since then, news about The Batman has been fairly hard to come by. With things stabilizing creatively behind the scenes, questions still remained about the status of the film’s script. Rumors abounded that Affleck and Geoff Johns’ draft was getting a page one rewrite. Though the rewrite is unconfirmed, it appears that Affleck, Reeves and co. are now satisfied with the film’s still-mysterious script. Which leaves another important question looming in the minds of fans: What will the story of The Batman be about? What comics will it draw from for inspiration?
Though nothing conclusive has been revealed, we do know that Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke is set to be the film’s primary antagonist. Manganiello has maintained a lot of excitement for playing Deathstroke despite the film’s behind the scenes shuffles. The True Blood star has been thoroughly perusing all of Deathstroke’s iterations in the comics, suggesting that there are plenty of interpretations that the film could use – perhaps even an amalgamation of them all.
What’s even less certain is what direction Batman’s story will take in the film. Batman v Superman revealed some interesting tidbits about Bruce Wayne’s background, including that Robin had been murdered by the Joker. This leaves ripe material to explore in The Batman, particularly if the film should take place before the events of BvS.
The overall darkness and borderline psychotic interpretation of the Dark Knight also leaves open plenty of opportunity to explore the deeper nature of Batman’s psyche. With so many in-depth looks into Batman’s psychology to be found in the comics, there’s a lot of different sources The Batman’s story can employ to construct a brand new take on the Caped Crusader.
Questions also remain about the supporting cast. Characters like Alfred Pennyworth and Commissioner Gordon are pretty much guaranteed to appear. But with announcements of Nightwing and Batgirl solo films, the likelihood of Dick Grayson and Barabara Gordon making appearances in The Batman has insurmountably increased. If that’s the case, how would they factor in to the story? Which comic interpretations of Nightwing and Batgirl would the film use?
With all of these questions in mind, and so many possible Deathstroke and Batman-focused comics to draw from, we could be looking at a magnificent amalgamation of story material. Here are 10 comics that could inspire Ben Affleck’s Batman movie. Click Next to get started!