Matt Reeves recently appeared on the Playback Podcast, where he spoke about working alongside Warner Bros. and shared his vision for The Batman.
The War For The Planet Of The Apes helmer was asked how confident he was that the studio will let him tell the Batman story that he wants to tell, especially given the small roadblock he encountered during negotiations with Warner Bros. earlier this year.
"I certainly hope so. Let’s put it this way. I’ve never worked with them but my experience with them so far has been really good. As I describe what I want to do, they seem really excited. So its the beginning of a journey."
"When I came in to do Apes, I had no idea, I had never made a studio film like that before. Even Cloverfield, though it came out through Paramount, was not really a studio film. Bad Robot had final cut so it was like making an indie, and so they were just really supportive and released the movie so it wasn’t really a studio film. These two [Apes] movies, I’ve been able to make exactly the movie I wanted to make. Whatever flaws are in there are in some way we weren’t able to achieve something, I wasn’t able to pull something off, we didn’t have enough time, or whatever it is. It also is not something where I look back and go, ‘that damn studio compromise.’"
"So I think there’s a way in which you can work with a studio. I’ve never worked with any studio other than Fox, so its going to be an exploration for me. I’m excited to say that thus far they seem really excited about it and I suppose if we should ever come to an impasse then we’d have to resolve it one way or another. I’m very hopeful and positive about it."
Reeves then went on to share what he finds interesting about Batman and what he expects the highly anticipated superhero solo adventure to be like.
"What I see in Batman that I find so interesting is that, in a way, he reminds me of Caesar, in that he is a character with a really troubled past who is grappling within himself to try to do the right thing in a really imperfect world, in a corrupt world. That provides an opportunity, again, if you want to take that point-of-view storytelling — and I can imagine the story as being like a noir. The originals from the golden age were detective stories. I think if you can marry that with the personal, there’s a chance to do something very exciting."
The Batman will star Ben Affleck as Batman, Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Jim Gordon.
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