Matt Reeves opens up about his approach to making The Batman different from the previous films in the storied franchise.
There hasn’t been a comic book character who has been rebooted as many times for the big screen as Batman. In fact, reboots have become more common as of late with Matt Reeves’ upcoming film being the third different version of Batman in less than a decade. However, each Batman series has managed to have their own unique take on the character, from Tim Burton’s fantastical Gotham to Christopher Nolan’s real world interpretation.
Matt Reeves has already teased that The Batman will be a detective story of sorts, something we haven’t seen too prominently in previous films. So far, we have seen a few officially released images from The Batman along with some set photos. Based on that alone, it appears Reeves is taking a realistic approach to Batman like Nolan, but in an interview with The Daily Beast, the writer-director says that his film will be different from its predecessors:
“The way I loved Apes is the way that I loved Batman, actually. The only two franchises that might have been something I would have connected with, amazingly, are the ones I was approached by. That’s been a very special thing. I can’t say that about almost any other franchise, that they would have been the right fit for me. My thing about it, on both of them, is that I had a particular take that, for me, was personal. I feel like if I can’t approach something through a perspective that resonates with me on some personal level, I don’t know where to put the camera, and I don’t know how to talk to the actors. I also felt like there have been some great Batman movies, and I didn’t want to just do a Batman movie. I wanted to do a Batman movie that could be different.”
There have been instances where Warner Bros. has given directors total creative control on a DC project and times where the studio has been more controlling. It sounds like Warner Bros. is giving Matt Reeves a lot of creative freedom to tell the Batman story he wants to:
“I pitched them what I would do, and I said, look, I appreciate that you want me to do a Batman movie, but I don’t want to just do a Batman movie; I want to do a Batman movie that has a chance to be something different, and humanist, and can use the metaphors of the genre. It’s the same reason I did the Apes movies. Those movies were incredibly personal to me, despite the fact that they were what they were. So I made my pitch for what it would be, and to my great pleasure, it turned out that they were totally open to that. I took a tremendously long time working with my partners on writing that script, and they waited. And when I turned it in, they wanted to make it. I’ve been incredibly fortunate that they’ve been so open to it being different. And one of the exciting things about it is that it drew an incredibly interesting and talented number of actors to want to be involved in it. To me, that’s been the dream.”
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Directed by Matt Reeves from a script he co-wrote with Mattson Tomlin, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.
The Batman is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on June 25, 2021.
Source: The Daily Beast