Matt Reeves talks his love for The Dark Knight and Batman Returns

Matt Reeves is opening up a bit about what previous Batman films have been to his liking.

While production on The Batman is currently shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Reeves is still conducting interviews to promote his new Amazon series, Tales From the Loop. Speaking with The Nerdist, he shared some thoughts on two previous Caped Crusader films that really spoke to him.

“I thought, ‘Well, there’s been some terrific Batman movies,’ and I don’t want to be part of a long line of Batman movies where this is just another one,” said Reeves. “I feel like they’ve been really distinctive. The best ones have been incredible. What Nolan did was incredible. What Tim Burton did was really singular.”

“I love Batman Returns,” said Reeves. “Michelle Pfeiffer was incredible. I love it, I love it so much. It’s so incredible and she’s so incredible in it. I just think it’s such a beautiful movie. I love the Penguin stuff when he’s going down the sewers as the baby. It’s just like, wow. This is the beautiful thing about Tim Burton at his best in that way that he’s got that connection into the fantastical that feels very, very personal.”

“The Dark Knight is so incredible and I think that Heath Ledger’s performance and their conception of the Joker in that movie is indelible. And the battle that he engaged with, you know, with Batman/Bruce is incredible.” He went on to add, “But the thing you take away from it more than anything is that conception, specifically, I think of the Joker. That movie is so much about how it’s a horrifying thing to stare into the abyss, that idea of that level of nihilism. The whole idea that there was nothing you could do because even in the destruction of him, you were fulfilling his aims. It was just a terrifying notion that speaks to an aspect of human nature and that was really profound.”

But how will these films influence his vision for The Batman? “I just felt like well, what I’d love to do is to get a version of this Batman character where he’s not yet fully formed. Where there’s something to do in this context with who that guy would be in this world today, and to ground him in all of these broken ways. Because at the end of the day, this guy is doing all of this to deal with trauma in his past.”

Reeves comment about “he’s not yet fully formed” definitely speaks to the rumors we’ve heard for ages now that The Batman is set early in his career. The Batsuit definitely appears to be an earlier iteration, and the muscle car feel of the Batmobile would could also speak to a Batman who is still fine-tuning the tools he will need.

The Batman is currently slated to hit theaters on June 25, 2021.


SOURCE: The Nerdist