DCEU's The Batman Film To Be Detective-Noir
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Tumultuous is an apt term to describe the progress of most of the future DCEU movies not named Justice League or Aquaman. Even those movies had their time in the negative light, so to speak. Along with The Flash film, notably, still without a director, the other highly anticipated film from DC set to take some mindshare is The Batman. After losing its director and possibly even losing much of its script/story, another rumor gained traction saying Ben Affleck was departing the project. Suffice it to say, The Batman has a long road ahead of it.
However, earlier this year, The Batman picked up a new director in Matt Reeves. He not only confirmed that he's currently working on the project with Ben Affleck firmly in the co-pilot's chair, but he even gave a few details as to how his vision is shaping up. Doing press for the imminent War of the Planet of the Apes, he touched on The Batman during an interview with New Trailer Buzz. It seems the director wants to take far more of an auteur's approach to the film. A "personal story", filmed with "Alfred Hitchcock" as part of the influence in an "noir" style. Crazy right?
“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,”
"For me, point of view is really important," Reeves explained. "I want to make sure you are experiencing something from the perspective of the main character in the story. I'm a huge Hitchcock fan -- I like the idea of being immersed in that perspective."
“For me, what's always important is to try and find a personal way in. In that way, I do feel like I relate to actors. It's about understanding emotionally, the way something is. I see this parallel between Caesar and Batman, really, which is this idea of these characters who are grappling with their own struggle and trying to do the right thing in an imperfect world and, so, I do really relate it to that kind of idea."
Look, man, count me in. All the way in. One of the most glaring omissions from almost every Batman centered live-action film is his intellect. One of his greatest rogues, Ra's Al Ghul, calls him "Detective" almost exclusively. There's a reason he's known as the world's greatest detective and we haven't seen that reason yet. There's been a little science, in the form of forensics (The Dark Knight) and chemistry (Batman V Superman), but his mind has never really been the focus of shown as his greatest attribute. If Reeves can pull this off, I may go see this one as many times as I did The Dark Knight. I just hope "point-of-view" isn't just code for a shitload of POV filming.