Batman Director Compares Dark Knight to Planet of the Apes' Caesar

Director Matt Reeves is busy with post-production on "War for the Planet of the Apes," the third installment of Fox's revived "Planet of the Apes" franchise. However, that hasn't stopped the filmmaker from talking about his next project, "The Batman."

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He was officially announced in February to replace Ben Affleck behind the camera, following weeks of reports suggesting talks had broken down. In the Warner Bros. announcement, the Dark Knight was referred to as "the crown jewel" of the fledgling DC Extended Universe, something Reeves certainly agrees with. While speaking with the Daily Mail about "War for the Planet of the Apes," the director gushed about what makes Batman such a fascinating character, and what it's like to be able to helm films films featuring two of his favorite characters from childhood.

“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,” Reeves said. “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."

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He went on to compare the Dark Knight to Caesar from the "Planet of the Apes" films, saying they're both "powerful" characters.

It may be some time before Reeves begins work "The Batman," as it's expected the film will undergo a complete rewrite now that he has boarded the project. That also means cameras are unlikely to roll before 2018.

“The Batman” stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. There's no official release date, but fans will next be able to see Affleck suit up as the Dark Knight in director Zack Snyder's "Justice League," which arrives in theaters Nov. 17.

(via Screen Rant)

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