How Christopher Nolan Is Influencing Matt Reeves' Batman

Matt Reeves has discussed how he is taking some pointers from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy and use them as inspiration for his own take on the Caped Crusader, The Batman. Nolan's three-part series (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) was headlined by Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, before Ben Affleck took on the role as part of the DC Extended Universe.

Affleck's casting was initially met with criticisms but fans quickly rallied behind him after his debut in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While Affleck's upcoming solo DCEU film is anticipated by a lot of fans, the project has gone through some big changes during pre-production - from Affleck stepping down as director to Reeves coming onboard and taking his place. Since then, Reeves has explained that his version of The Batman will explore Bruce Wayne's detective skills and incorporate some Alfred Hitchcock elements into the mix - the specifics of which, remain under-wraps for now.

In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Reeves candidly shared what he thinks makes Nolan's take on the superhero genre and the Caped Crusader character so impactful - something that he aspires to do with his own take on Batman:

“What I love that [Nolan] did was that he took the genre seriously. What studios are willing to make at the moment is a very, very narrow band of films. What I discovered is that this genre has the potential to be about something more. You can use the metaphors of the genre to talk about [a lot]."

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Reeves also discussed how Nolan's clear vision for his Dark Knight trilogy shines through in the final product - in spite of the tendency for big-budget projects to feel impersonal:

“I think the other thing that I really admire in what [Nolan] did was knowing what it is to make a big studio film, which often can fall into that sense of committee filmmaking where there’s an anonymity to the point of view of the film."

Nolan's Batman trilogy remains a touchstone for not just the superhero genre, but the movie industry as a whole. In some way, it revolutionized the way that comic book films are made by utilizing creative thematic elements to keep its narrative innovative and fresh. Countless films have tried to mine different aspects of the series (like its cinematography style and storytelling techniques), in an the hopes of creating a film that will have same kind of significant impact that The Dark Knight trilogy had on the movie-making business.

As mentioned, specific details regarding The Batman are still scarce to be found. There are multiple rumors about the possible Batman villains circulating online, along with speculation about the movie's actual plot. Whatever it is that Reeves is cooking up, it seems that both fans and Warner Bros. are onboard with his Batman vision so far.

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Source: Yahoo! Movies

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