The Batman director Matt Reeves was a guest on Variety’s “Playback” podcast this week, and he spoke about working with Warner Bros. and reiterated his idea for a noir driven, detective movie.
As you may remember, Matt Reeves was close to finalizing a deal before actually backing out at one point. The two parties were able to work things out and get it done, but Variety asked how confident Reeves is that he’ll be able to tell the Batman story that he wants to tell, given that small roadblock during negotiations. Here’s what he had to say:
I certainly hope so. Let’s put it this way. I’ve never worked with them but my experience with them so far has been really good. As I describe what I want to do, they seem really excited. So its the beginning of a journey.
When I came in to do Apes, I had no idea, I had never made a studio film like that before. Even Cloverfield, though it came out through Paramount, was not really a studio film. Bad Robot had final cut so it was like making an indie, and so they were just really supportive and released the movie so it wasn’t really a studio film. These two [Apes] movies, I’ve been able to make exactly the movie I wanted to make. Whatever flaws are in there are in some way we weren’t able to achieve something, I wasn’t able to pull something off, we didn’t have enough time, or whatever it is. It also is not something where I look back and go, ‘that damn studio compromise.’
So I think there’s a way in which you can work with a studio. I’ve never worked with any studio other than Fox, so its going to be an exploration for me. I’m excited to say that thus far they seem really excited about it and I suppose if we should ever come to an impasse then we’d have to resolve it one way or another. I’m very hopeful and positive about it.
Reeves also explained what he finds interesting about Batman and what he expects the movie to be like.
“What I see in Batman that I find so interesting is that, in a way, he reminds me of Caesar, in that he is a character with a really troubled past who is grappling within himself to try to do the right thing in a really imperfect world, in a corrupt world. That provides an opportunity, again, if you want to take that point-of-view storytelling — and I can imagine the story as being like a noir. The originals from the golden age were detective stories. I think if you can marry that with the personal, there’s a chance to do something very exciting.”
You can listen to Reeves’ full reply in the audio player below. The Batman talk starts around the 22:55 mark.