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Next stand-alone Batman movie will be an emotional, ‘noir-driven’ story, director says

Think Man of Steel, not Wonder Woman


Warner Bros.’ stand-alone Batman movie has been caught in a sea of issues practically since it was announced, but director Matt Reeves seems like he has a pretty clear vision of the story he wants to tell.

While promoting the well-received War for the Planet of the Apes, Reeves’ was asked by New Trailer Buzz about his vision for Batman. The film, which was originally supposed to be directed by Ben Affleck, will take on a darker, more emotional tone, Reeves confirmed. In a way, it will be similar to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, but with a more “noir-driven” story used as the main attraction.

“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 will hopefully connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart,” Reeves said.

One of the comparisons the director made was to War for the Planet of the Apes. Like the main character in that movie, Caesar, who is struggling with his personal problems and emotions, Reeves believes Batman has a deeper complexity that can be more thoroughly explored.

“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,” Reeves said, adding it was that emotional story he was most interested in.

Due to the issues the film has faced — including losing its writers and having to start from scratch — pre-production has only just started. It will be quite some time before Warner Bros. has another stand-alone Batman movie, but if you were wondering how it would look in the context of the DCU, think more Man of Steel and less Wonder Woman. Of course, this won’t be the first “noir-driven” Batman movie. To say that we’ve seen this before would be an understatement.

The next film in the DCU, Justice League, will be released on Nov. 17.

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