Matt Reeves' War for the Planet of the Apes swings into theaters with primal ferocity this July 14, and now that his intelligent simians sequel is nearly wrapped up and polished, he can begin to focus on his new project starting in July ... DC's The Batman.
I'm thrilled with this pick to captain the next chapter in the Dark Knight's evolution and feel that Reeves' visual style, confidence with his cast, and smart compositional choices have really developed over the course of the last two Apes films. The Batman has been a bit of a problem child of late for Warner Bros. with Ben Affleck jumping out of the directorial chair and the screenplay scrapped, but things seem to be back on the rails for a potential 2019 release via Reeves' involvement.
Speculation on exactly what Reeves would bring to the table has provided some interesting dinner conversation amongst my circle of friends, and now Reeves himself is speaking up on exactly what sort of superhero flicks appeal to his sensibilities as a filmmaker.
Here's what he told the Los Angeles Daily News about what resonates with him about the Caped Crusader:
“It’s a strange thing to be involved in the two franchises which were the two that I was connected to most as a child,” Reeves said. “I just was obsessed with Batman when I was a kid. What I find so interesting about him as a character is that, as far a superhero goes, he’s not superhuman, he is a person. And he is a tortured soul who is grappling with his past and trying to find a way to be in a world that has a lot that’s wrong with it and trying to find a way to reconcile all of that.”
With Reeves committed to Fox until June 30 to help promote War for the Planet of the Apes, the director hasn't had much time to delve into the details of the abandoned script that apparently still stars Ben Affleck as Batman and Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke. Casting won't happen until later this summer, so don't expect this solo Bat feature until early 2019 ... at least.
The original draft was written by Affleck and Geoff Johns, and it's been rumored that Reeves will deconstruct that story ASAP and align it more with his unique vision once the monkey business is over.
Are you happy with Warner Bros.' pick for director, and do you think Reeves can bring home a solid Batman movie we'll all clamor to see?
(Via Coming Soon)