The Batman May Be 'Noir-Driven' Detective Film, Director Says

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While promoting the release of War for the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves has been dropping clues to his vision for The Batman, explaining what he hopes will set the film apart from previous versions. But now the filmmaker has provided the biggest hint yet to how he he intends to approach his chapter in the DC Extended Universe -- drawing from the very foundations of the Dark Knight.

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"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 that character, and you emphasize with that point of view," Reeves told New Trailer Buzz. "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.”

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More than a year ago, Ben Affleck himself described his initial version of the film as a Maltese Falcon-inspired detective caper, so it sounds as if Reeves may be building upon that. However, the director cautioned that "we're just starting" on The Batman, before adding, "These movies are so intensive."

The Batman stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. While there’s no announced release date, Warner Bros. is believed to be eyeing 2019.

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