While the DCEU is up and on its way (finally), fans will always look back fondly on Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, despite it not being in the current canon. You can count The Batman director Matt Reeves among them.
Reeves will be at the helm of the upcoming solo Batman film, and recently shared with Yahoo! Movies how much Nolan’s previous films inspired him as a director. That includes an embracing of the material, with Reeves saying “What I love that [Nolan] did was that he took the genre seriously.”
Reeves is looking at Nolan’s films as a blueprint for what the genre can be, saying “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].”
He compares that to his hit franchise Planet of the Apes, which takes a fantastical premise and grounds it with emotional characters and stakes.
“I think that the metaphors of both of the franchises [Batman and Apes] enable you to tell stories that have deep emotional resonance. That’s actually what excites me about it. It’s interesting because I was obsessed with both as a child, and yet there is something potentially very adult about what you can explore under the cover of that fantasy. That is what draws me to it, and that’s what I’m excited about.”
Reeves is now at the helm of a pivotal movie for Warner Bros. and recognizes the skill it takes to steer the ship and still make a movie you’re proud of. “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.”