Matt Reeves Points Out Similarities Between Apes and Batman

Posted 2017/05/03 0 0

Matt Reeves sees a lot of ‘Planet of the Apes’ in his ‘Batman’ movie!


Variety is reporting that Matt Reeves has already committed to directing The Batman, but the deal is still being worked out. It was reported by Variety when the news broke that Ben Affleck would not be directing the movie that Reeves, who most recently directed War for the Planet of the Apes for Fox, was the studio's top choice for the job. It looks like they didn't have to settle, because assuming they can get the contract done, and it seems very likely they will, The Batman is now going to be his next movie. In a new interview with the Los Angeles Daily News, Reeves explains that while the Apes and Batman movies exist in two different genres, Bruce Wayne (Affleck) and Caesar (Andy Serkis in motion capture) are more similar than people think. Reeves says:

“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. 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. That is a really powerful character, in the same way that Caesar is such a powerful character.”

Having a love for the Dark Knight since he was a child will certainly aid Reeves when he dives into making The Batman, which he reportedly has creative control over, and his keen sensibilities of balancing action and character will only help enhance the future DCEU entry. While Reeves clearly gets what makes Bruce Wayne/Batman tick, it’s exciting to know that he’ll have a talented actor like Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, Argo) at the ready to help give fans the richly complex character they deserve.

In The Batman, Ben Affleck is expected to face off as the title hero against Joe Manganiello, who will play Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, in the film. Additional appearances by Jeremy Irons as Alfred and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon are expected to happen as well. An official release date for The Batman, written by Affleck and Geoff Johns, hasn’t been set. Affleck will next appear as Batman in Justice League, opening in theaters on November 17.