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Volume 443 Thursday, June 29, 2017 Page 1 of 1

MATT REEVES TALKS ABOUT BATMAN

This is from variety.com

More often than not, diminishing returns win the day, but not with Matt Reeves and his two spins with the “Planet of the Apes” franchise. With “War for the Planet of the Apes,” he completes that rare breed: a trilogy that topped itself with every subsequent installment.

“I wanted the story to be the first really full ape point of view story,” Reeves says. “I felt the technology had reached a place where the artists at Weta were doing such an amazing job of getting the performances from the actors that you really had a level of emotional identification … I wanted to push the film this time into the realm of the mythic. If you look at what the trajectory of [Caesar’s] story implies, he would be like the seminal figure in ape history. So it felt like we needed to come up with a test that was greater than all the tests he had gone through.”

For now, though, he’s diving headlong into the DC machine for the next Batman movie, with Ben Affleck. It’s very early stages as he literally finished “Apes” two or three weeks ago. But Reeves was a childhood fan of the character. He had all the old Mego dolls and was captivated by the Dark Knight as a character. His connection to “Planet of the Apes” had a lot to do with his son, so though he never thought he would be a genre filmmaker, he’s learned that in today’s landscape, that’s one of the few places where you can actually do something that is personal. He’s eager to apply that to DC’s popular character.
“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,” Reeves says. “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.”

Negotiations with Warner Bros. reportedly broke down at some point along the way. Obviously everyone came back to the table and made a deal, but nevertheless, Reeves says he remains hopeful that he can go into that system and make the movie he wants to make.

“Let’s put it this way: I’ve never worked with them but my experience so far is really good, and as I describe what I want to do, they seem really excited,” he says. “So it’s the beginning of a journey.”