The next feature film to focus on the Dark Knight has experienced a rough development since it was first announced, but now it appears the future production is on the right track.
 
With War for the Planet Of The Apes set to release in less than two weeks, director Matt Reeves is beginning to shift his focus toward The Batman. And despite hitting a few snags early in negotiations with Warner Bros., he has since signed on and begun developing his version of the Caped Crusader in the shared DC movie universe.
 
Reeves spoke on Variety’s Playback podcast with Khristopher Tapley about the kind of movie he wants to make and the similarities between Batman and the main character in his Apes films.
 
“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 said. “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.”
 
The Batman has seen some retooling after Ben Affleck dropped out from directing the film. The project was originally written by Affleck and DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns, and then rewritten by Chris Terrio.
 
While there were rumors that Affleck would drop out of the role too, Reeves has since confirmed the actor would be playing the role.
 
With the movie picking up steam, hopefully we learn more about Warner Bros. plans for the film — maybe at San Diego Comic-Con? We’ll find out in a few weeks. The character will next pop up in Justice League on November 17.
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