Director Matt Reeves has been charging through his promotional tour for War For The Planet Of The Apes, and obviously, there has been a lot of talk and speculation over his forthcoming solo Dark Knight film, The Batman starring Ben Affleck.
In speaking with Yahoo, Reeves opened up about metaphors of the superhero genre, and how those aspects can add up to create something great:
“What studios are willing to make at the moment is a very, very narrow band of films. What I discovered is that this genre has the potential to be about something more. You can use the metaphors of the genre to talk about (a lot)…I think that the metaphors of both of the franchises (Batman and Apes) enable you to tell stories that have deep emotional resonance. That’s actually what excites me about it. It’s interesting because I was obsessed with both as a child, and yet there is something potentially very adult about what you can explore under the cover of that fantasy. That is what draws me to it, and that’s what I’m excited about.”
While Matt Reeves is under the microscope for The Batman, studios – and the director himself – are already being pressured for sequels. During an interview with Fandango, Reeves was asked for his thought on the start of a possible new Batman trilogy. You can read his full answer below but the short answer was “yes”:
“I have ideas about an arc, but really, the important thing is just to start… you have to start with one…You know, you have to start with a story that begins something.”
Director Reeves is no stranger to trilogies, just coming off of the finale of the monumental new Planet Of The Apes movies – War For The Planet Of The Apes.
Reeves says that he considers the right story before jumping into a sequel. There would need to be enough ambitious ideas and rewarding narrative for Reeves to helm a new Batman trilogy:
“And when Mark and I began [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes], we knew what our goals were, but we didn’t know how we were gonna get there, and I would say that that more relates to the way that I see a Batman story, is a kind of ambition for a series of stories, but really the most important thing is gonna be to tell a vital first story.”
Reeves previously teased the influence of Alfred Hitchcock in how he makes films, including how he will approach The Batman film, but the director also mentioned the ever-looming presence of another director when it comes more specifically to Batman – Christopher Nolan.
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