Previous Batman films have showcased the Caped Crusader as a superhero, but the upcoming movie, The Batman, will embrace the character’s detective side, according to director Matt Reeves.

Since Batman’s skill as a detective is one of the character’s most important attributes, it will likely please fans to hear that this aspect of the character will be adapted to the big screen, especially since it’s been overlooked to a certain exent in previous films. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Batman using his detective skills in the upcoming movie. Before it was announced in February that Matt Reeves would be replacing Ben Affleck as the director, Affleck made comments about his own ideas for the character. Affleck said the character would be presented as “the world’s greatest detective,” and made comparisons to the classic 1941 film noir drama, The Maltese Falcon.

In an interview with New Trailer Buzz about his latest film, War for the Planet of the Apes, Reeves spoke about his vision for Bruce Wayne in The Batman:

Ben Affleck Batman Movie Discussion The Batman Features a Detective Version of the Dark Knight

“I think 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 is hopefully going to connect you to what’s going inside of his head, and inside of his heart.”

Reeves also says that he sees a connection between Batman and Caesar from War for the Planet of the Apes. He called them both “tortured” characters who still try to do the right thing.

What Reeves’ remarks mean for the film is that the change in directors hasn’t significantly altered the portrayal of Bruce Wayne in The Batman, despite the rumor that the script is being rewritten from scratch to allow Reeves’ more creative freedom. From what we have heard so far, Reeves’ vision for the character hasn’t deviated much from Affleck’s.

The comments from Affleck and Reeves may lead fans to wonder how different this movie will be from other Batman films, and if we’ll get to see Batman channeling Humphrey Bogart to solve a mystery.

The Batman was originally expected to film in the spring of this year and to release in 2018, but Affleck’s decision to step down as director stalled the production process. After Reeves was hired, production was further delayed until 2018 to give Reeves more time to finish War for the Planet of the Apes. The Batman does not yet have a release date. The character can next be seen in Justice League.

Next: Matt Reeves Confirms Ben Affleck Will Star in The Batman

Source: New Trailer Buzz

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