Batman Going Noir

Director Matt Reeves, who recently wrapped up the last chapter in the Planet of the Apes reboots, has given a bit of insight into how he is approaching the character of the Batman. He was brought onto the movie a few months ago, after Ben Affleck stepped down from the role, wanting to focus on the character.

In an interview with the YouTube channel New Trailer Buzz, he stated he is just now beginning work on The Batman but has a pretty established idea of what direction he wants to take the Caped Crusader in.


“These movies are so intensive. One of the reasons I was drawn to it is … I see a parallel emotionally between Cesar [from Planet of the Apes] and Batman in that they are both characters who are tortured and trying to grapple within themselves to find the way to do the right thing in a very imperfect and to some degree corrupt world.”

He wants to create a ‘point-of-view’ driven film, that gives viewers more of an insight into what makes the Dark Knight tick. While previous Batman films tried to show how complicated and fruitless the Bat’s efforts can sometimes be, it hasn’t come close to some of the storylines in the comics.


The recent New 52 comics really help get a perspective on who the Batman is. He is, like Reeves said, a tortured man and also, incredibly stubborn (or headstrong, depending on who you ask). It will be interesting to see to what extent they push that idea of getting into the head of the Bat. Maybe they could take a page from Rocksteady’s book. The Arkham games are some of the best examples of characterisation the Batman has ever seen. Arkham Knight, in particular, is an incredibly well-done story of how the Bat is willing to do anything to keep as many people from harm.

Reeves also used the phrase ‘noir-driven’, which, again, isn’t really something we’ve seen done before. The Tim Burton films were more fantasy than noir, and Christopher Nolan’s trilogy was firmly planted in realism.

At least until the third one.

It was, obviously, recently announced Affleck would be starring in the movie.

I don’t see how he couldn’t, and why people got so scared he wouldn’t. He’s literally on contract for the next few years.


Until next time!