Remember all of the drama surrounding the upcoming solo Batman film?
It was like a daily occurrence of rumors and news that had some of us questioning the fate of the entire DC Extended Universe. First we have Ben Affleck deciding that he would no longer be the director of the project, but he'd still produce and stay involved in the development process. Then there's rumblings of Affleck not even playing Batman at all. His name was absent from a press release sent out by the studio. Then a new director, Matt Reeves, is hired. Then we find out Affleck has been in rehab. So yeah... when it comes to the behind the scenes action at Warner Brothers, there has been a lot to absorb.
But fear not, with an amazing performance (both critically and commercially) from Wonder Woman, announcements of more additions to the universe, and anticipation of the Justice League, things seem to be shaping up pretty well for the once troubled DCEU.
For fans, some good news hit the internet this week. While walking the red carpet for the premiere of his latest movie, War For The Planet Of The Apes, Reeves participated in a brief interview with Getty Images, where he confirmed that Ben Affleck will still dawn the cape and cowl in the new Batman movie, simply titled (for now), The Batman.
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Reeves also took some to sit down with the folks over at New Trailer Buzz to describe his vision for a "noir detective story":
"One of the reasons I was drawn to it is I had a similar fascination to Batman when I was younger that I had with the Apes series, which I was obsessed with. I see a parallel emotionally between Caesar and Batman, in that they’re both characters who are tortured and trying to sort of grapple within themselves to find the way to do the right thing in a very imperfect and, to some degree, corrupt world. It’s really that emotional that I’m interested in.
“In all of my films, what I try to do, in an almost Hitchcockian sense, is use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become the character, and you emphasize with that point of view. I think 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 hopefully is going to connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart."
And for those of us whose confidence in Reeves is not yet solidified, and maybe you are wondering if he has the ability to bring a great superhero movie to the big screen. War For The Planet Of The Apes is getting incredible reviews with major media outlets singing high praises for the third installment in the most recent take on the Planet Of The Apes series. It currently posts a 95% user rating on rottentomatoes.com and a 9.5 out of 10 on IGN.com.
There is a lot to get excited about.
War For The Planet Of The Apes is in theaters now:
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