The Batman Will Be Goofy Noir More

Published June 29th, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
"Tell me. Do you bleed?" says Batman, whipping-out his sax. He places his lips on the mouthpiece. "You will." (Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.)
"Tell me. Do you bleed?" says Batman, whipping-out his sax. He places his lips on the mouthpiece. "You will." (Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.)

The Batman director Matt Reeves has detailed his plans for the upcoming DC comics epic stating that he wants the film to be "noir driven."

"I want to do a very point of view-driven—you know, this film and with all films what I try to do in an almost Hitchcockian sense is to use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become the character and you empathize with that point of view," Reeves said in a new interview with New Trailer Buzz while promoting his latest film, War for the Planet of the Apes.

"I think 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," he continued.

The filmmaker also shared how the caped crusader and Caesar from his Planet of the Apes films relate to each other.

"I see a parallel, emotionally, between Caesar and Batman in that they're both characters who are tortured and trying to sort of grapple within themselves to find a way to do the right thing in a very imperfect, and to some degree corrupt, world," Reeves said. "And so it's really that emotionality that I'm interested in."

Reeves stepped in to helm The Batman after star Ben Affleck dropped out from directing the film in February with the actor stating that he didn't think he could both portray the Dark Knight and work behind the camera effectively.

Joe Manganiello was cast in the film in September as villain Deathstroke.

"I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen," Reeves said in a statement at the time.

Affleck, who first appeared as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will next be seen as the character in Justice League, due in theaters Nov. 17.


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