The Batman has been a hot topic ever since Ben Affleck dropped out of the director's chair. Like many fans, I was devastated about Affleck stepping down as I really believed he was the best choice. It seems logical that he just wants to focus on playing #Batman, but the man is a tremendous director as well; I would have wanted to see him tackle the Batman mythos. The good news is that he did co-write the script and it's apparently a solid one at that (according to some sources). Then the news broke out that #MattReeves was on board to be directing #TheBatman film, and I rejoiced once again.
Yes, the man behind the Planet of The Apes franchise is a tremendous choice to take over the Caped Crusader. If you haven't watched any of Reeves's previous work, get on it right away! It's rumored that he is one of five directors who could have taken the reins, and I believe he's the best fit for many reasons. Here are some of the key reasons this man is the best fit for The Batman.
3. He's A World-Builder With Amazing Action Sequences
OK, this one might be two reasons, but I couldn't include one without the other,especially using his Planet of The Apes films as examples. Reeves knows how to build a world around a group of characters in a way that feels real, proven by his work with the Planet of The Apes franchise. This is definitely an important thing to bring to The Batman universe, a huge franchise that needs to be explored in depth. He definitely made the Planet of The Apes universe rich, intriguing and relevant again. So, what better world-builder than Reeves himself?
Ideally, Warner Bros. need someone who will be able to helm at least two sequels, which is nothing new for Reeves.
2. He's A Psychological Master
If you're doing Batman right, you need to have elements of a psychological thriller. Reeves handles action well, but he can also provide psychological thrills. A film from his career many overlook has to be Let Me In. The movie is a remake of Let The Right One In, a Swedish horror movie. I had my concerns with this film when it was first announced as I loved the original, but these concerns were immediately gone once I saw the film. It was great to see them flesh out these psychological dilemmas on the big screen in such a beautiful way.
1. Matt Reeves Knows How To Build Tension
Ben Affleck's Batman also has to be the scariest incarnation of the character we've gotten so far. We got a taste of this in that scene from Batman V Superman, where Batman hid in the corner of the ceiling. Matt Reeves is not a newcomer to this, as he has demonstrated in his filmography. One example would be the creature flick Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane, where he was an executive producer. If you remember any of those movies, you know how many tense moments there were. We need The Batman to have those moments that have you holding your breath. I truly believe the man can bring this to the franchise, and I'll be happy to see it!
Matt Reeves being appointed to direct The Batman will definitely be interesting to see. There is still no word on the story, or when exactly they will start filming, but here's hoping it's right before Comic-Con so we get to see something from the upcoming film. The bar Nolan set was definitely high, but I truly believe it can be surpassed with a director such as Reeves attached.