The director of the upcoming solo Batman film has shed some new light on the direction and tone of The Batman, while simultaneously praising Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan. Speaking recently to Yahoo! Movies, Matt Reeves, whose latest movie War for the Planet of the Apes, is out this month, stated that he wants to tell a “very emotional Batman story” with the new film. He went on to say that he sees a distinct parallel between Batman and Caesar from Planet of the Apes.
“They’re both damaged characters who are grappling to the do the right thing in a very imperfect world,” Reeves said (via IGN). “A world that’s filled with all of the corruption that is human.”
Reeves previously stated that he wants the feel of The Batman to be a “noir-driven, detective-version” of the Caped Crusader. He added that he was drawn to the film because of the “emotionality” he saw in it.
“What I love that [Nolan] did was that he took the genre seriously,” Reeves said.
Further into the Yahoo! Movies interview, Reeves stated that big studios today are more interested in a “very narrow band of films.” He believes, however, that The Batman has more potential than meets the eye in terms of its depth storytelling opportunities.
“It’s interesting because I was obsessed with both as a child, and yet there is something potentially very adult about what you can explore under the cover of that fantasy,” Reeves said. “That is what draws me to it, and that’s what I’m excited about.”