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June 28, 2017

The Connection Between Batman and Caesar

by Reggie's Take

Matt Reeves who’s directing the Batman movie with Ben Affleck says it was emotional parallels between Batman and Caesar from the Planet of the Apes franchise that attracted him to the project.

In an recent interview Director Matt Reeves had some more than encouraging words when it came to his vision for the long awaited solo Batman movie with Ben Affleck while making the rounds for his latest movie hitting theaters, War for the Planet of the Apes.

Although Reeves made it clear the Batman movie is still in it’s early stages he talked about what he called his “point-of-view driven” approach to making movies and what he saw as emotional parallels between Batman and Caesar that in the end got him to sign on to the Warner Brothers project.

“One of the reasons I was drawn to [The Batman] is that I had a similar obsession to Batman when I was younger that I had with the Apes series, which I was obsessed with. I see a parallel emotionally between Caesar and Batman, in that they’re both tortured and trying to sort of grapple within themselves to try and do the right thing in a very imperfect and, to some degree, corrupt world. It’s really that emotionality that I’m interested.”

The best part of his interview, especially if your a Batman fan like I am is that he wants to honor the “World’s Greatest Detective” with a “noir-driven” Batman film and that gets no argument from me.

“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 hopefully is going to connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart.”

As of now The Batman movie seems to be headed for a 2019 release date and if that remains the case then Ben Affleck should be suiting up in front of the cameras sometime after the Justice League re-shoots later this summer.

 

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