Batman is a complicated character, and even the most casual fans know the vigilante has a complex psyche. Bruce Wayne has a dark childhood as the heir was ripped from his parents following their murder. Growing up, the boy witnessed the inexcusable corruption of Gotham, and his murky aspirations eventually led Bruce to take up the moniker of Batman. In the future, the DCEU plans to explore the character’s psychological state with a standalone movie known as The Batman. And, now, the feature’s director has admitted he is drawing from Alfred Hitchcock to nail down the movie’s aesthetic.
Recently, Matt Reeves spoke with CNET during press tours for his upcoming film War for the Planet of the Apes. It was there the director touched upon The Batman, and Reeves said he film will rely on some of Hitchcock’s famous filming techniques.
"For me, point of view is really important," Reeves explained. "I want to make sure you are experiencing something from the perspective of the main character in the story. I'm a huge Hitchcock fan -- I like the idea of being immersed in that perspective."
Hitchcock fans will know that the director was a master of framing and camerawork. Films like Psycho are still praised even today for their ability to bring moviegoers into its characters’ psyches simply through film alone. Over the years, Hitchcock’s mastery of suspenseful shooting has only added to his revered status as a horror guru, and even mainstream directors like Reeves can find ways to incorporate the icon’s legacy into their pictures.
When asked later on how much work has been done on The Batman, Reeves said "We're just starting.” There is still plenty of work to be done on the impending standalone for Bruce Wayne, but several pieces of the film did fall into place before Ben Affleck stepped out of its director’s seat.
Aside from Affleck’s Batman, the film is slated to star Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. The actor confirmed he had been cast as the mercenary last year, but changes with The Batman left fans unsure if Manganiello was still part of the project. The star has been quiet about his involvement with the project as of late, but Manganiello seems optimistic Deathstroke will still fit into the solo feature’s new story.
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a story by Snyder and Terrio, and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.